ostensible


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os·ten·si·ble

 (ŏ-stĕn′sə-bəl)
adj.
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity.

[French, from Medieval Latin ostēnsibilis, from Latin ostēnsus, past participle of ostendere, to show : ob-, ob- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

os·ten′si·bly adv.

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]
osˌtensiˈbility n

os•ten•si•ble

(ɒˈstɛn sə bəl)

adj.
outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended.
[1720–30; < French < Latin ostēsn(us), variant of ostentus, past participle of ostendere to present, display (o(b)s-, variant of ob- ob- + tendere to stretch)]
os•ten′si•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ostensible - appearing as such but not necessarily so; "for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"; "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies"; "the ostensible truth of their theories"; "his seeming honesty"
superficial - concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences"
2.ostensible - represented or appearing as such; pretended; "His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity"
counterfeit, imitative - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"

ostensible

adjective apparent, seeming, supposed, alleged, so-called, pretended, exhibited, manifest, outward, superficial, professed, purported, avowed, specious the ostensible reason for his resignation

ostensible

adjective
Appearing as such but not necessarily so:
Translations
ظاهِر، واضِح
tilsyneladende
angeblichostensibel
näennäinen
navodnitobožnji
állítólagos
yfirskins-
nevatariamai
ārējsšķietams
görünürdekisözde

ostensible

[ɒsˈtensəbl] ADJaparente

ostensible

[ɒˈstɛnsəbəl] adj (= alleged) [reason, purpose, cause] → prétendu(e) before n

ostensible

adj, ostensibly
advangeblich

ostensible

[ɒsˈtɛnsəbl] adjapparente
ostensible reason → pretesto

ostensible

(oˈstensəbl) adjective
(of reasons etc) apparent, but not necessarily true. Illness was the ostensible reason for his absence, but in fact he was just lazy.
oˈstensibly adverb
References in classic literature ?
But, while he was making this ostensible sacrifice to general considerations, Magua never lost sight of his individual motives.
The ostensible reason why Ahab did not go on board of the whaler we had spoken was this: the wind and sea betokened storms.
These poor ostensible freemen who were sharing their breakfast and their talk with me, were as full of humble reverence for their king and Church and nobility as their worst enemy could desire.
The tourists were eagerly buying all sorts and styles of paper-cutters, marked "Souvenir of the Rigi," with handles made of the little curved horn of the ostensible chamois; there were all manner of wooden goblets and such things, similarly marked.
On his deathbed Driscoll set Roxy free and delivered his idolized ostensible son solemnly into the keeping of his brother, the judge, and his wife.
His ostensible reason, however, was to ask whether Mr.
My ostensible errand on this occasion was to get measured for a pair of shoes; so I discharged that business first, and when it was done, I stepped across the clean and quiet little street from the shoemaker's to the post-office: it was kept by an old dame, who wore horn spectacles on her nose, and black mittens on her hands.
He was brushed and washed at the usual hour, and set off with his son to pursue his ostensible calling.
It must be confessed that these observations apply with principal weight to the first case supposed -- that is, to a plurality of magistrates of equal dignity and authority a scheme, the advocates for which are not likely to form a numerous sect; but they apply, though not with equal, yet with considerable weight to the project of a council, whose concurrence is made constitutionally necessary to the operations of the ostensible Executive.
My Lord, By that which, since I have known you, have suffered by you and for you, I conjure you, if you have any care for my repose, to countermand those great armaments which you are preparing against France, to put an end to a war of which it is publicly said religion is the ostensible cause, and of which, it is generally whispered, your love for me is the concealed cause.
I own that your question embarrasses me, Valentine, for I cannot say that the count has rendered me any ostensible service.
replied Raoul, "her fall is a very serious one, and without any ostensible injury, the physician fears she will be lame for life.