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[nom-uh-nl-ee] /ˈnɒm ə nl i/
by or as regards name; in name; ostensibly:
He was nominally the leader, but others actually ran the organization.
Origin of nominally
1655-65; nominal + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Gudrun is nominally reconciled with Atli, but in secret plans revenge for the death of her brothers.

  • But how to do this I could not see, having a houseful of people who were nominally my guests.

  • In Mexico, doubtless, the monarch's power was at least nominally limited, in much the same way as that of the Persian king.

  • We are nominally inferior, but in reality superior, to our antagonist.

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
  • He came in in his father's place, which makes him nominally the head; but my husband is really the first working partner.

    A Widow's Tale and Other Stories Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Word Origin and History for nominally

1660s, "as regards a name," from nominal + -ly (2). Meaning "in name only" (as opposed to really) is attested from 1748.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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