[ o-sten-siv ]
/ ɒˈstɛn sɪv /
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clearly or manifestly demonstrative.
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Origin of ostensive
First recorded in 1595–1605; from Medieval Latin ostēnsīvus, equivalent to Latin ostēns(us), variant of ostentus, past participle of ostendere “to present, display” (o(b)s, variant of ob- “to, toward, on” + tend(ere) “to stretch” + -tus past participle suffix) + -īvus adjective suffix; see ob-, -ive
OTHER WORDS FROM ostensive
os·ten·sive·ly, adverbnon·os·ten·sive, adjectivenon·os·ten·sive·ly, adverbun·os·ten·sive, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ostensiveostensible, ostensive
Words nearby ostensive
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Example sentences from the Web for ostensive
Associated words: ostensive, ostensible, exhibiting, expository.Putnam's Word Book|Louis A. Flemming
Explain the meaning of "ostensive" and "indirect" Reduction.Logic|Carveth Read
It serves mainly to provide the regime with ostensive evidence of its power and technological progress.Area Handbook for Albania|Eugene K. Keefe
British Dictionary definitions for ostensive
/ (ɒˈstɛnsɪv) /
obviously or manifestly demonstrative
a less common word for ostensible
philosophy (of a definition) given by demonstrative means, esp by pointing
Derived forms of ostensiveostensively, adverb
Word Origin for ostensive
C17: from Late Latin ostentīvus, from Latin ostendere to show; see ostensible
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