The definition of ostensible is something that seems to be true but it may not be true.(adjective)
An example of ostensible is a reason that is given for a trip that may not be the real reason.
See ostensible in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < ML ostensibilis < L ostendere, to show < ob(s)-, against (see ob-) + tendere, to stretch: see thin
See ostensible in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , from Medieval Latin ostēnsibilis
Origin: , from Latin ostēnsus
Origin: , past participle of ostendere, to show
Origin: : ob-, ob-
Origin: + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
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