- The definition of ostensible is something that seems to be true but it may not be true.
An example of ostensible is a reason that is given for a trip that may not be the real reason.
ostensible definition by Webster's New World
- apparent; seeming; professed
- Rare clearly evident
Origin: French ; from Midieval Latin ostensibilis ; from Classical Latin ostendere, to show ; from ob(s)-, against (see ob-) plush tendere, to stretch: see thin
- ostensibly adverb
ostensible definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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