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ostensive Syllabification: os·ten·sive
Pronunciation: /əˈstensiv/

Definition of ostensive in English:


1Directly or clearly demonstrative.
Example sentences
  • Those results are ostensive evidence implying the contribution of apparent motion mechanisms to ILM perception.
  • Both texts direct the reader to attend to the saving and comforting power of God; both also provide ostensive biblical legitimization for Equiano's autobiography.
  • Nevertheless, while we might struggle to analyze ‘religion’, an ostensive project should be reasonably successful.
1.1 Linguistics Denoting a way of defining by direct demonstration, e.g., by pointing.


Example sentences
  • How did these lists - which ostensively are trying to measure the same thing - get so dissimilar?
  • Foundationalist empiricism recognizes two source of meaning: some terms derive their meanings ostensively, by correlation with whatever is ‘directly presented’ in experience.
  • Bishop is closer to the modernists on this front and closer, particularly, to what Altieri calls ‘the romantic values they were ostensively denying’.
Example sentences
  • How can certain stimuli signal their own intended ostensiveness, prior to the recipient's search for the relevance of the information that the stimulus allegedly singles out?


Mid 16th century: from late Latin ostensivus, from ostens- 'stretched out to view' (see ostensible).

Words that rhyme with ostensive

apprehensive, coextensive, comprehensive, defensive, expensive, extensive, intensive, offensive, pensive, suspensive
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