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ostensible

adjective os·ten·si·ble \ä-ˈsten(t)-sə-bəl, ə-\

: seeming or said to be true or real but very possibly not true or real

Full Definition of OSTENSIBLE

1
:  intended for display :  open to view
2
:  being such in appearance :  plausible rather than demonstrably true or real <the ostensible purpose for the trip>

Examples of OSTENSIBLE

  1. <the ostensible reason for the meeting turned out to be a trick to get him to the surprise party>
  2. That intelligence and those facts, of course, all pertained to Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, the war's ostensible casus belli, which we now know did not exist. —Frank Rich, New York Review, 6 Apr. 2006

Origin of OSTENSIBLE

French, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendere to show, from obs-, ob- in the way + tendere to stretch — more at ob-, thin
First Known Use: circa 1771

Rhymes with OSTENSIBLE

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