Intents and purposes, not intensive purposes

Intents and purposes, not intensive purposes

We hear the phrase “for all intents and purposes” much less frequently than we used to, but if you’re going to use it, please do not say, “for all intensive purposes.” The word intensive indicates an extreme, which is the opposite of the point of the phrase.

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