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Does there exist a single word that more or less means "as its name would suggest"? For example, is there a word that appropriately might replace the bolded portion of the following sentence?

Computer Science, as its name would suggest, is the science of computation.

Something perhaps in the vein of the following?

Computer Science, unsurprisingly, is the science of computation.

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The closest I could come was eponym which isn't quite correct as it means, "name of someone attached to an object." Maybe it will trigger someone's memory. – MrHen Mar 28 '11 at 16:01
Eponymous usually only gets used either to avoid repeating oneself (when talking about both the original and the thing sharing its name), or to explicitly state the connection if it might not be known to whoever you're talking to. Not the right word here, but definitely a good one to have in your vocabulary. – FumbleFingers Mar 28 '11 at 16:13
@FumbleFingers Interesting word. Out of curiosity, would you provide examples of both of the use cases you mentioned? – LucasTizma Mar 28 '11 at 16:16
The Roches released their eponymous first album in 1979 (I wouldn't want to explicitly name both the group and the album in a single utterance). Though things get awkward with the REM album actually called "Eponymous"... – FumbleFingers Mar 28 '11 at 16:27
Gabriele Fallopio studied the eponymous tubes, to the immense subsequent benefit of millions of women. – FumbleFingers Mar 28 '11 at 16:32
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The discipline 'Computer Science', fittingly, is the science of computation.


The discipline 'Computer Science' is aptly named; it is the science of computation.

Informally, I see increasing usage of "well" as an obvious connotation:

Computer Science is, well, the science of computation.

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Thanks for mentioning the informal use of "well." For the style of writing I tend to do, it seems like the best fit. – LucasTizma Mar 28 '11 at 17:57
Well, +1 for well. – Kris Oct 17 '12 at 6:56

I think the short answer is No.

The long answer (as its name would suggest) is that there are lots of words and phrases which in context mean as [that name] would suggest. Such as obviously, self-evidently, as you can guess, unsurprisingly, etc. But as you might expect, none of them are really necessary, since you're already assuming the hearer knows what you're saying anyway.

Notwithstanding Shakespeare's observations on What's in a name, people usually do try to assign meaningful names to new things that need naming. We can't really do that with babies, because we don't really know what they will be like when they grow up. But marketing departments, for example, spend a lot of time trying to come up with names that somehow suit their new products.

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Although not strictly English, the Latin phrase "nomen est omen" (literally "the name is an omen") seems to get the message across. I would much rather stay away from Latin, hence how I found this page.

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Not strictly English at all in fact. – Hmobius Oct 17 '12 at 13:09

Eponymous, the adjective form of eponym: one for whom or which something is believed to be named. Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

Computer Science is the eponymous science of computation.

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In the case of a person's name there is "aptronym", meaning a personal name aptly or peculiarly suited to its owner, such as a rich person with the last name of Flush, or a hairdresser whose last name is Cutter.

Reference: Wikipedia, Aptronym:

Aptronym, aptonym or euonym are rarely-encountered neologisms for the concept of nominative determinism, used for a personal name aptly or peculiarly suited to its owner; essentially, when someone's name describes what they are or what they do.

In the book What's in a Name? (1996), author Paul Dickson cites a long list of aptronyms originally compiled by Professor Lewis P. Lipsitt, of Brown University. Psychologist Carl Jung wrote in his book Synchronicity that there was a "sometimes quite grotesque coincidence between a man's name and his peculiarities".

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Hello, Anne L. Note my edit. Your future answers should contain source and link. – ab2 Jul 2 at 19:27
Aptronyms ('peculiarly suited ...') hardly matches 'unsurprisingly'. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 2 at 19:57

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