Definition of “in name only” - English Dictionary

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“in name only” in British English

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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.

(Definition of “in name only” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“in name only” in American English

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in name only

having a particular title or name without the characteristics or duties that usually come with that title:

It’s an island in name only, since it’s been joined to the mainland now by landfill.

(Definition of “in name only” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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