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