follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma

ostensible

[o-sten-suh-buh l] /ɒˈstɛn sə bəl/
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
1720-1730
1720-30; < French < Latin ostēns(us), variant of ostentus (see ostensive) + French -ible -ible
Related forms
ostensibly, adverb
nonostensible, adjective
nonostensibly, adverb
unostensible, adjective
unostensibly, adverb
Can be confused
ostensible, ostensive.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for ostensibly
  • ostensibly preparing for the north, he secretly planned for the south.
  • ostensibly, the restrictions are designed to control illegal logging and related activities.
  • In both instances, the company is using my personal data ostensibly to better to serve me, but really to make a buck.
  • ostensibly, this work aimed to enhance the pathogens' virulence.
  • Meanwhile concerned citizens wondered whether these ostensibly benevolent electronic eyes were developing a suspicious squint.
  • In this approach the auction revenue goes to government, which ostensibly uses it to improve air quality.
  • It is also about the arrogance, ambition, cold-heartedness and mawkish sentimentality of the humans who ostensibly cared for him.
  • These days, stores and catalogs are crammed with all manner of new tools ostensibly designed for grilling.
  • ostensibly, the couples are couples, but in fact several of the partners are looking for an upgrade.
  • Crowds in the park have thinned considerably since the city cleaned out their encampment, ostensibly in the name of hygiene.
British Dictionary definitions for ostensibly

ostensible

/ɒˈstɛnsɪbəl/
adjective
1.
apparent; seeming
2.
pretended
Derived Forms
ostensibility, noun
Word Origin
C18: via French from Medieval Latin ostensibilis, from Latin ostendere to show, from ob- before + tendere to extend

ostensibly

/ɒˈstɛnsɪblɪ/
adverb
1.
(sentence modifier) apparently; seemingly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ostensibly
ostensible
1762, from Fr. ostensible, from L. ostensus, pp. of ostendere "to show," from ob "in front of" + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).
ostensibly
1765, from ostensible.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for ostensible

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ostensibly

15
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with ostensibly