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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
First recorded in 1655-65; nominal + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Gudrun is nominally reconciled with Atli, but in secret plans revenge for the death of her brothers.

  • nominally, I had about one chance in a thousand of pulling through.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • In Mexico, doubtless, the monarch's power was at least nominally limited, in much the same way as that of the Persian king.

  • nominally we are brother and sister; actually the merest acquaintances.

    The Lady of the Basement Flat Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • He came in in his father's place, which makes him nominally the head; but my husband is really the first working partner.

    A Widow's Tale and Other Stories Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
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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