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Definitions of ostensible

  1. OSTENSIBILITY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. Ostensibly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. appearing as such but not necessarily so; "for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"; "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies"; "the ostensible truth of their theories"; "his seeming honesty" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Shown; exhibited; declared; avowed; professed; apparent; - often used as opposed to real or actual; as, an ostensible reason, motive, or aim. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Seeming; professed; pretended; apparent; as, an ostensible reason or purpose. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Apparent; declared. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Avowed or put forward; seeming; apparent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. That may be shown; professed, whether real or not; pretended. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Declared; manifest; apparent; held forth or avowed, but opposed to real. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for ostensible

  1. He was brushed and washed at the usual hour, and set off with his son to pursue his ostensible calling. – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  2. State Senator Duvall had been the father, or the ostensible father, of the Senate amendment to House Bill Twenty- nine. – The Grafters by Francis Lynde
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