Flashcard 9 - Cleaning Up English Flashcard Set for the English Basics


The correct answer is:

Yes, the phrase is “for all intents and purposes,” not “for all intensive purposes.”


This phrase is meant to suggest in every practical sense and has nothing to do with intensity. It comes from a sixteenth century English law phrase, “to all intents, constructions, and purposes,” which was shortened to “for all intents and purposes.”

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