ostensibly

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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 in a Sentence

  1. The god of cleanliness is never satisfied. In America, the ostensibly egalitarian nature of society meant that cleanliness was used to mark status. —Joanna BourkeHarper'sApril 2008
  2. 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. RosenfieldDemographicsDecember 1997
  3. 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 KellyNew Yorker19 Dec.1994
  4. ostensibly a university student studying abroad, he was actually an espionage agent

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