to the purpose

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It is not to be wondered at, that a government instituted in times so inauspicious, should on experiment be found greatly deficient and inadequate to the purpose it was intended to answer.
Yet although, in combating his friend's better feelings, he possessed all the advantage which a wily, composed, selfish disposition has over a man agitated by strong and contending passions, it required all Malvoisin's art to keep Bois-Guilbert steady to the purpose he had prevailed on him to adopt.
But, Cousin Hepzibah, you confess a great deal, and very much to the purpose.
Its immense area was singularly adapted to the purpose.
All primitive desire is unconscious, and in human beings beliefs as to the purposes of desires are often mistaken.
Inquisitive and enlightened statesmen are deemed everywhere best qualified to make a judicious selection of the objects proper for revenue; which is a clear indication, as far as the sense of mankind can have weight in the question, of the species of knowledge of local circumstances requisite to the purposes of taxation.
As a leader and role model in the Purpose Economy, Cleveland is becoming to the Purpose Economy what Silicon Valley is to the Information Age.
In response to the purpose, interventions, and outcomes, a design to both measure and then to evaluate (judge relative to the purpose) the progress and interventions must be established.
As the preamble notes, a principal-purpose test also requires a taxpayer to impute a "value" to the purposes for which an activity was undertaken.
However, it is also anticipated that some of the money will be used to fund a technical assistance center to help states develop and implement statewide programs in technology-related assistance, and also to fund an evaluation contract to assess how well states that do receive grants do in responding to the purposes of the act that apply to them.