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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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Although its main ostensive function was to assist all the barangays on a "self-help basis" in building barangay potable water systems, school buildings, community halls, irrigation works, barangay foot paths or roads, electricity to light up the villages.
Let us provide, first, an ostensive definition of this quality.
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.
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).
Performance on the retention task only improved after an ostensive naming procedure.
Despite their ostensive claim of promoting "public good," these bio-controls insidiously facilitate citizens' productivity in the labor force.
Logan, the Times 's go-to enforcer of cold war ideology, becomes, by means of his ostensive Superintendency, a figure of bathos, trapped under a headline, perhaps not of his own making--"Hart Crane's Bridge to Nowhere"--unable to acknowledge that nowhere is just where Crane and his readers might want to be.
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.
Jodlowiec presents an original theoretical framework addressing the complex and intricate nature of the process behind ostensive implicit and explicit communication.
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.
Second, the book's title is somewhat inaccurate: despite its ostensive emphasis on "memory" (capacious in itself, as here it includes acts of free recollecting, official and unofficial commemorations, as well as politically driven manipulation), several authors examine the fortunes of historical narration; there is more truth in the first line of the introduction, which leads us to expect "a book about the presence of the past in the present" more generally.