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Syllabification: os·ten·si·ble
Pronunciation: /äˈstensəb(ə)l
, əˈstensəb(ə)l

Definition of ostensible in English:


Stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so: the delay may have a deeper cause than the ostensible reason
More example sentences
  • Given that the country does not appear to have been invaded by a foreign power, what is the ostensible cause of this nationwide panic?
  • It is, after all, made up of ostensible competitors who are allied for the common good.
  • The ostensible ease with which he makes such jumps unsettles even loyal supporters.


mid 18th century: from French, from medieval Latin ostensibilis from Latin ostens- 'stretched out to view', from the verb ostendere, from ob- 'in view of' + tendere 'to stretch'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌstensəˈbilitē/
Example sentences
  • The embodiment of mothers in daughters was cultural ontology: it intended the world in its ostensibility, that is, in making the world appear other than what it is.

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