in all/everything but name

Definition of in all/everything but name

:not in an official way but in every other way
  • Military governors ruled the country in all but name for many years.
  • Their marriage was over in all but name five years ago.

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

everything play
  1. : all that exists

  2. : all that relates to the subject

  3. : all that is important

name play
  1. : a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing

  2. : a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity

  3. : a descriptive often disparaging epithet

  1. : to give a name to : call

  2. : to mention or identify by name

  3. : to accuse by name

  1. : of, relating to, or bearing a name

  2. : appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production

  3. : having an established reputation


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