Definition of ostensibly in English:

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Pronunciation: /äˈstensiblē/
Pronunciation: /əˈstensiblē/


[sentence adverb]
Apparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually: portrayed as a blue-collar type, ostensibly a carpenter
More example sentences
  • 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 intents and purposes, outwardly, superficially, allegedly, supposedly, purportedly

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Syllabification: os·ten·si·bly

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