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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparently, seemingly, ostensibly, on the face of itadverb

    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"

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  1. ostensiblyadverb

    seemingly, apparently, on the surface

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ostensibly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ostensibly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ostensibly in a Sentence

  1. Jim Merrill:

    Given that her focus is on the [southern] border, it seems like an unusual trip and in New Hampshire, it’s never too early to talk about the next presidential primary, it wouldn’t surprise me that she would be here ostensibly to carry out administrative objectives but in the back of her mind and that of her team, they’ve got to be thinking about what’s next.

  2. Damitha Pathmalal:

    As long as the government remains in the business of picking winners and losers, the engine of creative destruction that is necessary for true innovation in this or any other sector is unlikely to take root in Sri Lanka,” Pathmalal cautioned. “History doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes. The local economic policy-making bodies bear a striking resemblance to Venice’s Great Council, which was comprised of the business leaders of the time and informed government policy. It ostensibly fostered economic growth but by its design was a protectionist old boys club. In 1330 Venice was the size of Paris and three times larger London. It is now a city that is literally under water and a museum for tourists.”

  3. Charles Lane:

    It is surreal, it truly is, but… almost every other, ostensibly negative thing has somehow worked in Trump's favor, so I wouldn't be surprised if this proves to be another one.

  4. New York:

    Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has been a 'disastrous' and 'humiliating' 'fiasco,' in the words of the mainstream media’s ostensibly objective foreign-policy journalists, yet this political fiasco is not a development that the media covered so much as one that it created.

  5. Devin Nunes:

    They are citing spurious national security concerns to evade congressional oversight while leaking information to The Washington Post ostensibly about classified meetings, congress has a right and a duty to get this information and we will succeed in getting this information, regardless of whatever fantastic stories the DOJ and FBI spin to The Washington Post.

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    • A. adventure
    • B. refine
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