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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.
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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
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(ɒˈstɛn sɪv)

1. clearly or manifestly demonstrative.
os•ten′sive•ly, adv.
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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"
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[ɒˈstensɪv] ADJostensivo
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a. ostensivo-a, evidente, aparente.
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Growing concern with the panpsychist's ostensive inability to solve the combination problem has led some authors to adopt a view titled "cosmopsychism." This position turns panpsychism on its head: rather than many tiny atomic minds, there is instead one cosmos-sized mind.
From a policy perspective, the ostensive goal of TK is to be a "sturdy bridge" for aligning and coordinating early learning with public schooling.
As Schuman notes in her chapter on The Castle, a major aim of the Investigations is to expose the problems with ostensive definition.
The fundamental belief of its creators is that Grice's four conversational maxims can be condensed into one, namely relevance, which permeates all our exchanges: "[...] every act of ostensive communication communicates a presumption of relevance" (Sperber and Wilson 1986: 162).
Ostensive communication is achieved when there is a response to an ostensive stimulus.
Wittgenstein (1953) points out that it is not possible to learn the association between a linguistic sign and its referent through an ostensive definition (that is, pointing at the referent while naming it); if so, it would be impossible to discriminate the correct sign-referent association ("apple"-apple vs.
The hypothesis that governs the present paper is that the ostensive paradox in Genesis ultimately relates to the connection between the nature of both creation and chaos: Is the chaos of Genesis (apparently a creation of God) merely transient, or is it the material transmuted into the creation that becomes formed into the birth of a world?
As an analogous theoretical vision, we adopt the stream of routines in practice, embedded through their execution, which feature both an ostensive and a performative character that results from a coordination that is fixed and undergoes continuous contextual adaptations and changes (Feldman, 2000; Feldman & Pentland, 2003; Feldman & Orlikowski, 2011; Pentland, 1995; Pentland & Haerem, 2015).
Despite their ostensive claim of promoting "public good," these bio-controls insidiously facilitate citizens' productivity in the labor force.
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.
Based on the Theory of Relevance (Wilson and Sperber, 2005), the author identifies three basic aspects of trolling: the "first order intention", the "informative intention" and the "stimulus", which in this text will be denominated 'ostensive stimulus' (7).