ostensibly


ostensibly
os|ten|si|bly [ɔˈstensıbli US a:-] adv
if something is ostensibly true, people say that it is true but it is not really true
She stayed behind at the office, ostensibly to work.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Ostensibly — Os*ten si*bly ([o^]s*t[e^]n s[i^]*bl[y^]), adv. In an ostensible manner; avowedly; professedly; apparently. Walsh. [1913 Webster] Ostensibly, we were intended to prevent filibustering into Texas, but really as a menace to Mexico. U. S. Grant.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ostensibly — index prima facie (self evident) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ostensibly — 1765, from OSTENSIBLE (Cf. ostensible) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ostensibly — [adv] apparently at first blush*, evidently, externally, for all intents and purposes*, for show*, officially, on the face*, on the surface*, outwardly, professedly, seemingly, sensibly, superficially, supposedly, to the eye*; concept 582 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • ostensibly — os|ten|si|bly [ a stensəbli ] adverb used for saying that although someone pretends to have one reason for something, there is in fact another reason: He was ostensibly on vacation, actually he was on a diplomatic mission. Melissa went to her… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ostensibly — adverb if something is done ostensibly for a particular reason, it is not really done for this reason but people pretend that it is: The big bosses went to Hawaii, ostensibly to launch the new project …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ostensibly — UK [ɒˈstensəblɪ] / US [ɑˈstensəblɪ] adverb used for saying that although someone pretends to have one reason for something, there is in fact another reason He was ostensibly on holiday, but actually he was on a diplomatic mission. Melissa went to …   English dictionary

  • ostensibly — adverb /ɒˈstɛn.sɪ.bli,ɑːˈstɛn.sə.bli/ seemingly, apparently, on the surface On 13 June the peshwa signed a new treaty, ostensibly complying with the demands of the British government... Syn: apparently, arguably, at first blush, seemingly …   Wiktionary

  • ostensibly — adverb it is ostensibly a book about football Syn: apparently, seemingly, on the face of it, to all intents and purposes, outwardly, superficially, allegedly, supposedly, purportedly …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • ostensibly — ostensible ► ADJECTIVE ▪ apparently true, but not necessarily so. DERIVATIVES ostensibly adverb. ORIGIN Latin ostensibilis, from ostendere stretch out to view …   English terms dictionary


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