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  • adv. In a notional manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In mental apprehension; in conception; not in reality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a notional manner; in mental apprehension; in conception; hence, not in reality.


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  • One is about the idea of a so-called notionally defined contribution (NDC) system that could replace the present pay-as-you-go pension system.

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  • So: the average such thrillertakes a handsome young virile protagonist, and a heroine notionally attractive according to the very limited logics of 'supermodels', and puts them through the paces ofa reassuringly familiar plot: set-up, small fight, increasing peril, climactic big conflagration.

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  • Such a state would notionally take the divided citizens of the Israeli state—which is democratic in many respects, but pampers rabbinic theocrats and nationalistic populists—and jam them together with residents of the Palestinian territories, also divided, with a majority too accustomed to authoritarian leaders, and who take the Islamic faith, clan loyalties, and regional Arabism for granted.

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