ostensible

[ o-sten-suh-buh l ]
/ ɒˈstɛn sə bəl /

adjective

outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended: an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
apparent, evident, or conspicuous: the ostensible truth of their theories.

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Origin of ostensible

1720–30; < French < Latin ostēns(us), variant of ostentus (see ostensive) + French -ible -ible

OTHER WORDS FROM ostensible

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ostensible

ostensible ostensive
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British Dictionary definitions for ostensibly (1 of 2)

ostensibly
/ (ɒˈstɛnsɪblɪ) /

adverb

(sentence modifier) apparently; seemingly

British Dictionary definitions for ostensibly (2 of 2)

ostensible
/ (ɒˈstɛnsɪbəl) /

adjective

apparent; seeming
pretended

Derived forms of ostensible

ostensibility, noun

Word Origin for ostensible

C18: via French from Medieval Latin ostensibilis, from Latin ostendere to show, from ob- before + tendere to extend
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