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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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