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ostensibly

adverb os·ten·si·bly \ä-ˈsten(t)-sə-blē\

Definition of OSTENSIBLY

1
:  in an ostensible manner
2
:  to all outward appearances

Examples of OSTENSIBLY

  1. <ostensibly a university student studying abroad, he was actually an espionage agent>
  2. The god of cleanliness is never satisfied. In America, the ostensibly egalitarian nature of society meant that cleanliness was used to mark status. —Joanna Bourke, Harper's, April 2008

Origin of OSTENSIBLY

(see ostensible)
First Known Use: 1765

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