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Saturday, September 07, 2002

Definitions for ostensible

  1. Represented or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.

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Citations for ostensible
The credibility of the energy-trading sector has been severely damaged by disclosures of sham transactions in energy trading, designed to build up ostensible sales and profits and therefore share prices of the trading companies. James Flanigan, Los Angeles Times
Aspects of environmentalism have long been criticized as using ostensible concerns about nature to serve private purposes such as property values. Gregg Easterbrook, The New Republic
Origin of ostensible
Ostensible comes from Medieval Latin ostensibilis, from the Latin verb ostendere, "to show," and is related to ostentatious, "showy."