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Seeming or professed; ostensible.

[Late Latin ostēnsīvus, from Latin ostēnsus, past participle of ostendere, to show; see ostensible.]

os·ten′sive·ly adv.


1. (Logic) obviously or manifestly demonstrative
2. a less common word for ostensible
3. (Philosophy) philosophy (of a definition) given by demonstrative means, esp by pointing
[C17: from Late Latin ostentīvus, from Latin ostendere to show; see ostensible]
osˈtensively adv


(ɒˈstɛn sɪv)

1. clearly or manifestly demonstrative.
os•ten′sive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ostensive - manifestly demonstrative
instructive, informative - serving to instruct or enlighten or inform
2.ostensive - 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"


Appearing as such but not necessarily so:


[ɒˈstensɪv] ADJostensivo


a. ostensivo-a, evidente, aparente.
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Clinton's ostensive focus on "boosting the middle class and addressing income inequality" and on "redefining the meaning of economic success" while saying she would focus "primarily on growing middle class incomes instead of gross domestic product" was promptly quashed by her campaign, hours after her July 13 speech.
There is a clean and intentional attention paid to each part in the pieces, yet they all read as something with an ostensive patina and history; as if each piece was grafted from its original whole to create what is standing in front of you.
Relevance theory claims that every act of ostensive communication is guided by the presumption of relevance, which enables people to draw inferences from the given stimulus.
The goal is a poetics that foregrounds how art reveals truths of thinking and being, a goal to be achieved by at once thematizing and transcending the formal moments that are conditions of the possibility of a Sagen that is poetically ostensive.
103) Despite the ostensive gaps in Vonage's prior art disclosures, because Sprint's patents only disclosed communications technologies in an ATM environment, but the claims in the patents in issue were drafted to cover any type of network--including an IP environment--it should at least have been apparent to Vonage's counsel that lack of written description would be a critical defense.
At a second level, established through ostensive communication, common ground includes also general knowledge of enduring relevance.
Feldman and Pentland (2003) used Giddens' and Bourdie's contributions to propose a reviewed ontology of Evolutionary Economics' organizational routine construct (Nelson & Winter, 1982) based on the interaction between its performative (concerning the agency) and ostensive (relating to institutional structure) dimensions.
Bill Overton likewise considers Berthe as purely symbolic of the mother's sin and posits Emma's ostensive lack of maternal inclination as indicative of the basic assumption that she is "a bad mother" who is exploited as "an instrument of authorial punishment" (62).
The findings underscore marked and ostensive verbalisation as a distinguishing feature of secure mothers' well-attuned, affect-mirroring communication with their infants.
To be sure, this is not the truth of our ostensive reality, rather it pertains to some domain the unexpected discovery of which elicits horror; it is disturbing enough as it entails the existence of another order of things lurking 'beside', 'behind', often 'beneath' the light of common day--an order which commands awe.
All nominal definitions, if pushed back far enough, must lead ultimately to terms having only ostensive definitions, and in the case of an empirical science the empirical terms must depend upon terms of which the ostensive definition is given in perception.
Bufacchi attempts to improve upon more ostensive depictions of injustice via various lists of injustices, and identifies injustice as principally a matter of the distribution of benefits, resources, burdens, and the like.