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ostensible Line breaks: os¦ten|sible
Pronunciation: /ɒˈstɛnsɪb(ə)l/

Definition of ostensible in English:


Stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so: the real dispute which lay behind the ostensible complaint
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  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with ostensible

apprehensible, comprehensible, defensible, distensible, extensible, reprehensible, sensible
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