Definitions for ostensibly
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
os•ten•si•bleɒˈstɛn sə bəl(adj.)
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)
apparently, seemingly, ostensibly, on the face of it(adverb)
from appearances alone
"irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land"; "the child is seemingly healthy but the doctor is concerned"; "had been ostensibly frank as to his purpose while really concealing it"-Thomas Hardy; "on the face of it the problem seems minor"
seemingly, apparently, on the surface
Origin: from ostensible, from ostensus, past participle of ostendo, from ob + tendo.
Translations for ostensibly
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(of reasons etc) apparent, but not necessarily true
Illness was the ostensible reason for his absence, but in fact he was just lazy.
- كما يَظْهَرArabic
- aparentementePortuguese (BR)
- en apparenceFrench
- לְמַראִית עַיִןHebrew
- प्रकट रूप सेHindi
- dengan jelasIndonesian
- að því er virðistIcelandic
- in apparenzaItalian
- tariamai, nevaLithuanian
- šķietami; ārējiLatvian
- angivelig, etter altå dømmeNorwegian
- rzekomo, pozorniePolish
- în aparenţăRomanian
- 表面上Chinese (Trad.)
- ظاہري طور پرUrdu
- bề ngoài làVietnamese
- 表面上Chinese (Simp.)
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