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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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An individual is ostensively dubbed "N." This can be formal or informal and the dubbing is in the presence of the individual or object in question.
Since pentacles are memorable figures that can be recognized without counting their corners, the concept of a pentacle can be explained ostensively. Such an explanation does not include a specification of how many corners a pentacle has.
First the real ideological value of this measure, ostensively revealing the Government's concern for public health, is what stands out given the State's abdication of its prerogative to impose rules on the market and its decision to make the A&TCs malleable and contemplating long timeframes.
Northern Orchards, though ostensively about cemeteries, stands more as a series of meditations about bright distinctive moments that we create in our ordinary lives.
It merely points ostensively to an "elsewhere", to actual violence.
While as of this writing Priceless has been published a little more than a year, it seems to have been favorably blurbed and reviewed across a wide range of ostensively right-leaning publications far more than it has been actually read.
Truth to tell, while the economy, paradoxical and mystifying is ostensively booming and an emerging Asian tiger economy, the reality is that the high population growth rate still outstrips the net economic growth.
(Boetti had previously worked with craftspeople in Kabul, Afghanistan, an arrangement that came to an end following the Soviet invasion ot 1979.) Obviously crafts play an immense role in the arts today but when the art is too ostensively based on the vessel or the loom, the time-immemorial art/craft divide grows nettlesome.
One may communicate one's perceptions only by pointing ostensively at paradigmatic examples and suggesting principles that govern them.
He uses this example to illustrate that you cannot reason someone into choosing life other than ostensively, by pointing to the different things that bring happiness--just as the poster does.
This appears to be a reflection of the difficulty of adapting friction test methods that are ostensively designed for testing pairs of relatively rigid solid materials for the testing of an interface where one material has become a soft and flexible semisolid.