ostensible[ä sten′sə bəl]
- 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.
- 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 (â€œshowâ€), itself from obs- (â€œin front ofâ€) (akin to ob- (â€œin the wayâ€) and to Ancient Greek á¼Ï€Î¯ (epi, â€œon, at, besides, afterâ€) and Old English eofot (â€œcrimeâ€)) + tendÅ (â€œstretchâ€) (akin to Ancient Greek Ï„ÎµÎ¯Î½Ï‰ (teinÅ)).