- outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended: an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
- apparent, evident, or conspicuous: the ostensible truth of their theories.
Origin of ostensible
Related Words for ostensiblysupposedly, officially, evidently, seemingly, outwardly, superficially, externally, professedly, sensibly
Examples from the Web for ostensibly
Contemporary Examples of ostensibly
Sorkin may not have won his fight, ostensibly to reform the news.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
The uncle told RTL radio Hauchard called his grandmother, ostensibly from Syria, on Nov. 2, for her birthday.Showing the Faces of Its Murderers, ISIS Shows Its Global Reach
November 18, 2014
Ostensibly meant to protect babies, these products are dangerous.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
November 14, 2014
In June, Pakistan launched an all-out military offensive in the region, ostensibly to evict all the militants from the area.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan
Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel
November 12, 2014
And while there are cutscenes that ostensibly explain the grander narrative, nothing really makes sense.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of ostensibly
Ostensibly they were a literary society; really they were diamond polishers.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
He had discarded his hat, and lay back on his elbows, ostensibly to look at the moon.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Ostensibly the letter invited him to address the Silver Shirts.Secret Armies
John L. Spivak
He could not retire from Mexico after this ostensibly friendly visit.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
He was not certain, but when had George left Atlanta, ostensibly for Memphis?The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
- (sentence modifier) apparently; seemingly
- apparent; seeming
Word Origin for ostensible
Word Origin and History for ostensibly
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.