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nominal -- as in: he's nominally in charge
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as in: he's nominally in charge Define
in form or name, but not in reality
  • It was nominally written by the artist, but everyone suspects a ghostwriter did the bulk of the work.
  • He talks of 6% growth, but that is nominal growth. After adjusting for inflation, it is only 3%.
  • "I think he has only been its nominal head for many years," said Anne.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • The nominal interest is 6%, but it is compounded daily — making the real interest higher.

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  • It was no nominal meal that we were going to make, but a vigorous reality.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations
  • In a fortnight he was the nominal owner of sixteen thousand shares in a company of which only ten thousand actually existed.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • As he spoke or thought thus, the door opened, and the superintendent of the finances, Fouquet, appeared before his nominal master.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • He says that there can be no high civilization without enslavement of the masses, either nominal or real.
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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as in: a nominal fee Define
insignificantly small
as in: he's nominally in charge Define
in form or name, but not in reality
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