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

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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 The United Arab Emirates has taken advantage of the fight and now dominates the south, squeezing out its ostensive ally, Hadi. Washington Post, "In Yemen’s Aden, a generation chewed up and spit out by war," 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, "The Latest: Polls open in Egypt's presidential election," 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 4 Jul. 2020.

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