Examples of ostensibly in a Sentence
- 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
- Budweiser and Miller, on the other hand, have eroded their credibility by launching brands ostensibly produced by microbreweries. They've been found out, with resulting customer cynicism. —James R. Rosenfield, Demographics, December 1997
- The day after Clinton made his seemingly proactive statement, he met with congressional leaders of both parties, ostensibly to press the case for military intervention. —Michael Kelly, New Yorker, 19 Dec.1994
ostensibly a university student studying abroad, he was actually an espionage agent
Recent Examples of ostensibly from the Web
The data will be shared so the doctors that score well can share methods with those who do poorly and, ostensibly, bring the whole network up.
Government forces ostensibly control Aden, but the city remains volatile.
Director Michael Stevenson appears to have taken a minimalist approach to staging this unsettling drama, a decision that ostensibly allows audiences to focus more on the blunt and at times profane dialogue in the plot-heavy play.
Like Wordsworth, Oliver deftly communicates physical movement in her poems, even though many of them ostensibly celebrate the serenity of standing still.
Funnily enough, these books all implore you to read them, internalize them, then go out on your own to improvise—ostensibly giving the book to a deserving friend.
Currently, the test is active for users in Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Slovakia, Serbia, Guatemala, and Cambodia—a number of post-conflict countries that would ostensibly stand to benefit from independent journalism.
According to one account, one of the guards, Peter Lozgachev was the one who finally entered Stalin’s quarters, ostensibly to drop off official mail from the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, the opioid epidemic grew worse in the northeastern Pennsylvania communities that Marino was ostensibly elected to serve; this July, a tainted batch of heroin caused 51 overdoses in just two days.
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Synonymsevidently, apparently, ostensively, presumably, putatively, seemingly, supposedly
Related Wordsexternally, outwardly, visibly; believably, credibly; assumably, likely, presumedly, probably; conceivably, maybe, mayhap, perchance, perhaps, possibly, professedly, supposably; allegedly, purportedly, reportedly, reputedly; clearly, distinctly, manifestly, obviously, plainly, self-evidently; assuredly, positively, surely
Near Antonymsimplausibly, impossibly, improbably, incredibly
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