Definition of in name
—used with a following statement to say that something is so by name or title but that is not the way things really are The Emperor rules in name but not in fact. She's my boss in name, but we're really more like partners.
Word by Word Definitions
: a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing
: a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity
: a descriptive often disparaging epithet
: to give a name to : call
: to mention or identify by name
: to accuse by name
: of, relating to, or bearing a name
: appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production
: having an established reputation
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