Definitions for ostensibleɒˈstɛn sə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

os•ten•si•bleɒˈstɛn sə bəl(adj.)

  1. outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended.

Origin of ostensible:

1720–30; < F < L ostēsn(us), var. of ostentus, ptp. of ostendere to present, display (o(b)s-, var. of ob-ob-+tendere to stretch)

os•ten′si•bly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparent(a), ostensible, seeming(a)(adj)

    appearing as such but not necessarily so

    "for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"; "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies"; "the ostensible truth of their theories"; "his seeming honesty"

  2. ostensible, ostensive(adj)

    represented or appearing as such; pretended

    "His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity"

Wiktionary

  1. ostensible(Adjective)

    meant for open display; apparent

  2. ostensible(Adjective)

    alleged, having an intention that is possibly but not obviously true

  3. Origin: from ostensus, past participle of ostendere 'to show', itself from obs- in front of (akin to ob- in the way; akin to Greek epi 'on, at, besides, after' and Old English eofot crime) + tendere 'to stretch' (Greek teinein)


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ostensible(adjective)

(of reasons etc) apparent, but not necessarily true

Illness was the ostensible reason for his absence, but in fact he was just lazy.

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