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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
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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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