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Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: entent, from Latin intentus, from a past participle of intendere; INTEND

intent

2 noun
     
intent2 [uncountable]
1 formal what you intend to do [= intention]:
She behaved foolishly but with good intent.
2 lawSCL the intention to do something illegal
with intent (to do something)
Jones was found guilty of wounding with intent.
He is charged with possession of a gun with intent to commit a robbery.
3

to all intents and purposes

also for all intents and purposes American English used to say that a situation is not exactly as you describe it, but the effect is the same as if it were:
The war was, to all intents and purposes, over.
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