pur·pose /'pər-pəs/ n: an objective, effect, or result aimed at or attained; specif: the business activity in which a corporation is chartered to engage
pur·pose·ful /-fəl/ adj
pur·pose·ful·ly adv
pur·pose·ful·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun aim, ambition, application, aspiration, avail, basis, constancy, deliberation, design, desire, desired result, destination, determination, direction, doggedness, drive, eagerness, end, expectation, final cause, firmness, force, function, goal, guiding principle, hope, idea, institutum, intended result, intent, intention, mens, mission, motivating idea, motive, object, objective, perseverance, persistence, plan, point, propositum, resolution, resolve, service, significance, singleness, target, tenacity, use, volition, voluntariness, will, wish, zeal associated concepts: business purpose, charitable purpose, intent, malice, unlawful purpose foreign phrases:
- Lex neminem cogk ad vana seu inutilla peragenda. — The law compels no one to do futile or useless things.
- Lex nil fack frustra, nil jubet frustra. — The law does not do anything nor commands anyone to do anything which would be futile
- Impunkas continuum affectum tribuit delinquendl. — Impunity confirms the disposition of a delinquent
- Benigne faciendae sunt interpretationes, propter simpllcltatem lalcorum, ut res magis valeat quam pereat; et verba intentioni, non e contra, debent inservlre. — Interpretations should be liberal, because of the lack of training of laymen, so that the subject matter should be valid rather than void, and words should be subject to the intention, not the intention to the words.
- Frustra fit per plura, quod fieri potest per pauciora. — That is needlessly done by many which can be done by fewer.
- Potentia inutilis frustra est. — Useless power is vain.
II index animus, basis, cause (reason), contemplation, content (meaning), cornerstone, design (intent), destination, end (intent), forethought, function, goal, ground, idea, impetus, intend, intent, intention, mission, motive, object, objective, plan, predetermination, project, pursuit (goal), purview, reason (basis), resolution (decision), resolve (decide), signification, undertaking (attempt), use, volition, will (desire)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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