for practical purposes

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.
See also: practical, purpose

for (all) ˈpractical purposes

in actual fact; in reality: Your daughter does so little work at school, Mrs Brown, that for all practical purposes she might as well not be here at all.
See also: practical, purpose
References in classic literature ?
Jonathan Swift, another unique figure of very mixed traits, is like Defoe in that he connects the reign of William III with that of his successors and that, in accordance with the spirit of his age, he wrote for the most part not for literary but for practical purposes; in many other respects the two are widely different.
That is to say, we will regard it as, for practical purposes, a luminous point.
Casaubon and the banishment from Lowick, he was rather happy; getting a great deal of fresh knowledge in a vivid way and for practical purposes, and making the "Pioneer" celebrated as far as Brassing (never mind the smallness of the area; the writing was not worse than much that reaches the four corners of the earth).
For virtue may be under the guidance of right opinion as well as of knowledge; and right opinion is for practical purposes as good as knowledge, but is incapable of being taught, and is also liable, like the images of Daedalus, to 'walk off,' because not bound by the tie of the cause.
They did not actually use this archaic abyss as a bunker, because it was by tradition unfathomable, and even for practical purposes unfathomed.
In two years and a half he had learned to speak English for practical purposes, but these had never included the statement that some one had intimidated and seduced his wife.
He also noted that even Estelito Mendoza has complained about cases becoming 'moot for practical purposes' due to the high court's miserable failure to decide on them.
For practical purposes, the authors proposed the qSOFA criteria to quickly identify at-risk patients a little more accurately than our old tool (SIRS).
He notes that, in general, we do not like lying very much, but accept it and find it useful for practical purposes. He argues throughout that this flexibility has not only to do with well-known moral issues, but also with matters of how our language works.
He describes and explains the standard and widely used Web technologies for modern dynamic websites, and provides many examples to show how individual technology elements work and how they combine for practical purposes.
? FOR practical purposes, it is no longer deemed appropriate for the Justices to consider whether a person charged with a criminal offence should or should not be transferred to the crown court for trial before a jury.
* For practical purposes, the West Bank construction freeze has not, strictly speaking, involved a total moratorium on building.
While I accept that, for practical purposes, not everything that is said at a meeting needs to be recorded, the minutes should reflect accurately what happened.
I am suggesting that, for practical purposes, both English and Welsh should be used in station announcements in Wrexham, with English first because it is more widely understood, not just amongst visitors, but by the vast majority of my constituents.