Origin of ostensible
Examples from the Web for ostensible
And why would its ostensible spokesperson refuse to answer yes/no questions about them?How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A trove of Bush-era emails that had been quote-unquote-lost resurfaced in 2009, the victim of an ostensible act of mislabeling.Paging Rose Mary Woods: Obama’s Unbelievable Missing IRS Emails|James Poulos|June 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ostensible middle-ground approach, to “provide weapons an training” to the Ukrainians got about 25 perent of the vote.Europe, Stunned by Reckless Russia, Mistrusts Feckless Ukrainian Leaders|James Kirchick|March 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Oblivious self-entitlement is now so widespread and suitable for mockery that the ostensible cure has begun to follow in its wake.Our Bad Romance Obsession Is the Ultimate First World Problem|James Poulos|January 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It would seem that for all of its ostensible lack of vim and vigor, Israel Media Watch is a very effective organization.
A political difference as an ostensible cause of quarrel soon developed.South American Fights and Fighters|Cyrus Townsend Brady
The ostensible contents of the box are my daughters first cap and a lock of my fathers hair.The Doctor's Red Lamp|Various
But he is summoned to declare upon oath, before the Civil Lieutenant of Paris, whether his ostensible ownership is not simulated.Later Queens of the French Stage|H. Noel Williams
Then follows the apparent and ostensible letter to be shown to the Chancellor.Lord Chatham|Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
Now if this were true it would not serve Dr. Farrar's ostensible purpose.The Book Of God|G. W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for ostensible
Word Origin for ostensible
Word Origin and History for ostensible
1762, "capable of being shown, presentable," from French ostensible, from Latin ostens-, past participle stem of ostendere "to show, expose to view; to stretch out, spread before; exhibit, display," from ob "in front of" (see ob-) + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Meaning "apparent, professed" is from 1771.