in a way

[in a way] {adv. phr.} 1. also {informal} [in a kind of way] or{informal} [in a sort of way] To a certain extent; a little; somewhat.

I like Jane in a way, but she is very proud.

Compare: AFTER AFASHION, MORE OR LESS. 2. In one thing.

In a way, this book iseasier: it is much shorter.