ostensive

[ o-sten-siv ]
/ ɒˈstɛn sɪv /

adjective

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ostensive

ostensible, ostensive .
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Example sentences from the Web for ostensive

  • It serves mainly to provide the regime with ostensive evidence of its power and technological progress.

  • Associated words: ostensive, ostensible, exhibiting, expository.

    Putnam's Word Book|Louis A. Flemming
  • Explain the meaning of "ostensive" and "indirect" Reduction.

    Logic|Carveth Read

British Dictionary definitions for ostensive

ostensive
/ (ɒˈstɛnsɪv) /

adjective

obviously or manifestly demonstrative
a less common word for ostensible
philosophy (of a definition) given by demonstrative means, esp by pointing

Derived forms of ostensive

ostensively, adverb

Word Origin for ostensive

C17: from Late Latin ostentīvus, from Latin ostendere to show; see ostensible
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