Ostensible Os*ten"si*ble ([o^]s*t[e^]n"s[i^]*b'l), a. [From L. ostensus, p. p. of ostendere to show, prop., to stretch out before; fr. prefix obs- (old form of ob-) + tendere to stretch. See {Tend}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown. [R.] --Walpole. [1913 Webster]

2. Outwardly appearing to be; shown to be; exhibited; apparent; evident. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. Declared; avowed; professed; pretended; -- often used as opposed to {real} or {actual}; as, an ostensible reason, motive, or aim. --D. Ramsay. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • ostensible — I adjective able to be seen, apparent, appearing, assumable, assumed, avowed, believable, claimed, clear, colorable, conjecturable, credible, deceiving, deceptive, declared, deluding, delusional, delusive, delusory, discernible, evident, explicit …   Law dictionary

  • ostensible — ostensible, ostensive Ostensible means ‘apparent but not necessarily real’ or ‘professed’: • Despite their ostensible commitment to revolution, they played an ambivalent and ultimately counter revolutionary role E. Acton, 1992. It is often used… …   Modern English usage

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  • ostensible — 1762, from Fr. ostensible, from L. ostensus, pp. of ostendere to show, from ob in front of + tendere to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • ostensible — (Del lat. ostendĕre, mostrar). 1. adj. Que puede manifestarse o mostrarse. 2. Claro, manifiesto, patente …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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