for all practical purposes


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for (all) practical purposes

In reality; basically. For all practical purposes, I might as well have not handed in this proposal at all, with how swiftly the board rejected it.
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for all practical purposes

as might be reasonably expected; essentially. For all practical purposes, this is simply a matter of right and wrong. This should be considered final, for all practical purposes.
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The committee that published the criteria held that any organ that no longer functions, nor has the possibility of functioning again, is, for all practical purposes, dead.
he says, for all practical purposes "they would be healthy.
Fully realized art, which in this case is proffered as an architectural dwelling, is, for all practical purposes, unattainable.
and financial advisor to the Noteholder Committee, said he regards the deal as final for all practical purposes.
Because they have misjudged the evil character of the organization as well as the ability of Catholic women to counter-witness on behalf of truth within the context of this March--which for all practical purposes is nil-this material cooperation is in fact, illicit.
Once a bid package has been issued, it should, for all practical purposes, be considered frozen and not subject to future change unless the reasons are supremely compelling.
That was, for all practical purposes, the end of Kingston's Catholic hospital.
Responding to a casual query concerning progress in computer checkers, he discovered that programming a computer to play checkers had been largely neglected for decades, partly because many computer scientists and artificial-intelligence experts already believed -- erroneously -- that for all practical purposes, the game had been solved.
On the federal scene the election campaign has for all practical purposes already begun.