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ostensive

[o-sten-siv] /ɒˈstɛn sɪv/
adjective
1.
clearly or manifestly demonstrative.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin ostēnsīvus, equivalent to Latin ostēns(us), variant of ostentus past participle of ostendere to present, display (o(b)s-, variant of ob- ob- + tend(ere) to stretch + -tus past participle suffix) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
ostensively, adverb
nonostensive, adjective
nonostensively, adverb
unostensive, adjective
unostensively, adverb
Can be confused
ostensible, ostensive.
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British Dictionary definitions for ostensively

ostensive

/ɒˈstɛnsɪv/
adjective
1.
obviously or manifestly demonstrative
2.
a less common word for ostensible
3.
(philosophy) (of a definition) given by demonstrative means, esp by pointing
Derived Forms
ostensively, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin ostentīvus, from Latin ostendere to show; see ostensible
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Word Origin and History for ostensively

ostensive

adj.

c.1600, from Late Latin ostensivus "showing," from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendere "to show" (see ostensible).

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