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nominal

adjective (NOT REALLY)    /ˈnɒm.ɪ.nəl/ US  /ˈnɑː.mə-/
in name or thought but not in fact or not as things really are: She's the nominal head of our college - the real work is done by her deputy.True, real, false, and unreal nominally     /-i/ adverb The province is nominally independent.True, real, false, and unreal
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