An example of ostensible is a reason that is given for a trip that may not be the real reason.
- apparent; seeming; professed
- Rare clearly evident
Origin of ostensibleFrench from Medieval Latin ostensibilis from Classical Latin ostendere, to show from ob(s)-, against (see ob-) + tendere, to stretch: see thin
Origin of ostensibleFrench from Medieval Latin ostēnsibilis from Latin ostēnsus past participle of ostendere to show ob- ob- tendere to stretch ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ostensible, superlative most ostensible)
From French, from Latin ostensus, the past participle of ostendÅ (“show"), itself from obs- (“in front of") (akin to ob- (“in the way") and to Ancient Greek á¼Ï€Î¯ (epi, “on, at, besides, after") and Old English eofot (“crime")) + tendÅ (“stretch") (akin to Ancient Greek Ï„ÎµÎ¯Î½Ï‰ (teinÅ)).