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noun as in persistence, resolve

noun as in use

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The reason: activist government and unionized government often work at cross purposes.

He did not shout “God is great,” but his random act served the purposes of ISIS almost as well.

However useful they might be for external purposes, they will always be dangerous internally.

North Korea does not appear to hack American companies for commercial purposes, but China does.

No more cynically cutting opposition candidates out of a district for petty political purposes.

Results are easily and quickly obtained, and are probably accurate enough for all clinical purposes.

The alternate hexameter and pentameter are, for most purposes, a more agreeable measure than the hexameter by itself.

Altogether, it seems that not more than one-third of our fast diminishing total are available for actual fighting purposes.

But all these fiscal operations should be, for our present purposes, separated from monetary operations.

As regards Great Britain, the gold standard is yet preserved for all practical purposes.


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From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.