- ostensibly 1765, from OSTENSIBLE (Cf. ostensible).
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Ostensibly — Os*ten si*bly ([o^]s*t[e^]n s[i^]*bl[y^]), adv. In an ostensible manner; avowedly; professedly; apparently. Walsh. [1913 Webster] Ostensibly, we were intended to prevent filibustering into Texas, but really as a menace to Mexico. U. S. Grant.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ostensibly — index prima facie (self evident) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
ostensibly — [adv] apparently at first blush*, evidently, externally, for all intents and purposes*, for show*, officially, on the face*, on the surface*, outwardly, professedly, seemingly, sensibly, superficially, supposedly, to the eye*; concept 582 Ant.… … New thesaurus
ostensibly — os|ten|si|bly [ɔˈstensıbli US a: ] adv if something is ostensibly true, people say that it is true but it is not really true ▪ She stayed behind at the office, ostensibly to work … Dictionary of contemporary English
ostensibly — os|ten|si|bly [ a stensəbli ] adverb used for saying that although someone pretends to have one reason for something, there is in fact another reason: He was ostensibly on vacation, actually he was on a diplomatic mission. Melissa went to her… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
ostensibly — adverb if something is done ostensibly for a particular reason, it is not really done for this reason but people pretend that it is: The big bosses went to Hawaii, ostensibly to launch the new project … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
ostensibly — UK [ɒˈstensəblɪ] / US [ɑˈstensəblɪ] adverb used for saying that although someone pretends to have one reason for something, there is in fact another reason He was ostensibly on holiday, but actually he was on a diplomatic mission. Melissa went to … English dictionary
ostensibly — adverb /ɒˈstɛn.sɪ.bli,ɑːˈstɛn.sə.bli/ seemingly, apparently, on the surface On 13 June the peshwa signed a new treaty, ostensibly complying with the demands of the British government... Syn: apparently, arguably, at first blush, seemingly … Wiktionary
ostensibly — adverb it is ostensibly a book about football Syn: apparently, seemingly, on the face of it, to all intents and purposes, outwardly, superficially, allegedly, supposedly, purportedly … Thesaurus of popular words
ostensibly — ostensible ► ADJECTIVE ▪ apparently true, but not necessarily so. DERIVATIVES ostensibly adverb. ORIGIN Latin ostensibilis, from ostendere stretch out to view … English terms dictionary