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English definition of “in name only”

in name only

If a situation exists in name only, it is officially described that way, although that description is not completely accurate: A large percentage of the population is Catholic, though many are so in name only.True, real, false, and unreal
(Definition of in name only from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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