Definition of ostensibly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɒˈstɛnsɪbli/


As appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; apparently: the party secretary resigned, ostensibly from ill health
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  • The report was ostensibly to be a reply to a questionnaire sent by the League.
  • His aim, ostensibly, was to bring liberty and equality to the oppressed peoples of that continent.
  • She sits in on my interview with Dempsey, ostensibly because he is new to the spotlight and still nervous about talking to the press.
apparently, seemingly, on the face of it, to all appearances, on the surface, to all intents and purposes, outwardly, superficially, allegedly, professedly, supposedly, purportedly
rare pretendedly, ostensively

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