ostensible

[o-sten-suh-buhl]
adjective
1.
outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended: an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
2.
apparent, evident, or conspicuous: the ostensible truth of their theories.

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

ostensibly, adverb
nonostensible, adjective
nonostensibly, adverb
unostensible, adjective
unostensibly, adverb

ostensible, ostensive.
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ostensible (ɒˈstɛnsɪbəl)
 
adj
1.  apparent; seeming
2.  pretended
 
[C18: via French from Medieval Latin ostensibilis, from Latin ostendere to show, from ob- before + tendere to extend]
 
ostensi'bility
 
n

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ostensible
1762, from Fr. ostensible, from L. ostensus, pp. of ostendere "to show," from ob "in front of" + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).
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Example sentences
Still earlier, the instilling of civic virtues was the ostensible major purpose of higher education.
It's rather sad to see ostensible progressives reinforcing this message.
The trial court correctly determined that the doctrine of ostensible authority controls in this case.
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