in name

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used with a following statement to say that something is so by name or title but that is not the way things really areThe Emperor rules in name but not in fact.She's my boss in name, but we're really more like partners.

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“In name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20name. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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