in name

idiom

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.

Examples of in name in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Croatia managed to join in 2013, but the rest of the western Balkans made little if any progress toward membership and Turkey remained a candidate in name only. Laszlo Bruszt, Foreign Affairs, 30 May 2024 Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, the daughter of actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, has taken legal action to distance herself from her father — at least in name. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024 So the budget deadline isn’t really met — only in name. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2024 Bana returns as Aaron Falk in Force of Nature: The Dry 2, which is otherwise a sequel in name alone. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2024 More than 150 years ago, a San Francisco whaler noticed something about killer whales that scientists may be about to formally recognize — at least in name. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 He has been noted not to be a boss in name only, but someone who actively participates in the day-to-day running of A-1 Auto Transport. Chris Gallagher, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 Biden's only remaining competitor in name in Tuesday's primary was U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., who was not expected to reach the 15% threshold to receive any delegates. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 28 Feb. 2024 What the Galaxy lacked in name recognition on Sunday night was more than made up for by their youthful vitality. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024

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“In name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20name. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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