Definition of ostensibly in English:


Line breaks: os¦ten|sibly
Pronunciation: /ɒˈstɛnsɪbli


As appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; apparently: [sentence adverb]: the party secretary resigned, ostensibly from ill health
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.

More definitions of ostensibly

Definition of ostensibly in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day grammarian
Pronunciation: grəˈme(ə)rēən
a person who studies and writes about grammar