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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)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. ostensibly(Adverb)

    seemingly, apparently, on the surface

  2. Origin: from ostensible, from ostensus, past participle of ostendo, from ob + tendo.

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