1 Usually derogatory wanting or professing to be
a would-be politician
2 intended to be
3 Derogatory a person who wants or professes to be something that he is not
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
budding, dormant, latent, manqué, potential, professed, quasi-, self-appointed, self-styled, so-called, soi-disant, undeveloped, unfulfilled, unrealized
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