Ostensibly is defined as apparently or seemingly.
An example of ostensibly is someone saying that he was just a dog owner when, in fact, he was a dog breeder, he was ostensibly a dog owner.
- To kill some time I telephoned Ethel Reagan, ostensibly to thank her.
- In 1670 Razin, while ostensibly on his way to report himself at the Cossack headquarters on the Don, openly rebelled against the government, captured Cherkask, Tsaritsyn and other places, and on the 24th of June burst into Astrakhan itself.
- Thus the Italians, during the heat of the civil wars, were ostensibly divided between partisans of the ~ ~ empire and partisans of the church.
- "No one out here but the cook," he answered as Paul reached for the bottle, ostensibly to look at the label.
- But a reaction against Charles soon set in, for all the powers were alarmed at his success, and on the 31st of March a league between the pope, the emperor, Venice, Lodovico it Moro and Ferdinand of Spain was formed, ostensibly against the Turks, but in reality to expel the French from Italy.