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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- apparent; seeming; professed
- Rare clearly evident
Origin: Fr < ML ostensibilis < L ostendere, to show < ob(s)-, against (see ob-) + tendere, to stretch: see thin
- ostensibly adverb
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Origin: French, from Medieval Latin ostēnsibilis, from Latin ostēnsus, past participle of ostendere, to show : ob-, ob- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- os·tenˈsi·bly adverb