Definitions for ostensibleɒˈstɛn sə bəl

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  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"

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  1. Ostensible(a.)

    Outwardly appearing to be; shown to be; exhibited; apparent; evident.

  2. Ostensible(a.)

    Declared; avowed; professed; pretended; -- often used as opposed to real or actual; as, an ostensible reason, motive, or aim. D. Ramsay.

  3. Origin: [From L. ostensus, p. p. of ostendere to show, prop., to stretch out before; fr. prefix obs- (old form of ob-) + tendere to stretch. See Tend.]

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  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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