os·​ten·​sive | \ ä-ˈsten(t)-siv How to pronounce ostensive (audio) \

Definition of ostensive

2 : of, relating to, or constituting definition by exemplifying the thing or quality being defined

Other Words from ostensive

ostensively adverb

Examples of ostensive in a Sentence

the ostensive purpose of his visit was to discuss the terms of his will
Recent Examples on the Web This obviously doesn’t mean the Nuggets reserve unit has transformed into the cream of the crop, and that minus-three remains a concern for a team with ostensive (if diminished) title hopes. Joel Rush, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Ask this question to a random group of people, the answer will most likely be ostensive. Teddy Mcdarrah, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The United Arab Emirates has taken advantage of the fight and now dominates the south, squeezing out its ostensive ally, Hadi. Washington Post, 12 May 2018 Cairo streets are lined with campaign banners and posters extolling el-Sissi, who has done little in the way of traditional campaigning, and has not publicly mentioned his ostensive challenger, Moussa Mustafa Moussa. Fox News, 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ostensive

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ostensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ostensive. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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