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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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  • They nominally each have a half-position, so the two add up to one.
  • The government already controlled the nominally independent public prosecutors.
  • The economy is nominally recovering, but few people feel it.
  • In addition, some small pockets of territory are nominally part of one country but geographically isolated from it.
  • So their role is to interact with voters in a practical and political way-rather than interacting only nominally via slogans.
  • Mel's search for his birth parents is nominally what sets this enchantingly loony comedy in motion.
  • In every instance the expansion has been of benefit, not so much to the power nominally benefited, as to the whole world.
  • All these feudal justiciaries recognised only nominally the paramount authority of the king.
  • He is nominally a member of the administration, but yet they would not intrust him with any kind of office.
  • The depletion allowance for coal is higher than it should nominally be.
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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