ostensive

adjective os·ten·sive \ ä-ˈsten(t)-siv \
|Updated on: 3 Jun 2018

Definition of ostensive

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

ostensively

adverb

Examples of ostensive in a Sentence

  1. the ostensive purpose of his visit was to discuss the terms of his will

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1782

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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