ostensible definition

  • adjective:
    • Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose ended up being charity, but their real goal had been popularity.
    • meant for available screen; apparent
    • alleged, having an intention that is possibly yet not clearly true
    • effective at being shown; proper or intended to be shown.
    • Outwardly appearing to be; proved to be; exhibited; obvious; obvious.
    • Declared; avowed; professed; pretended; -- frequently utilized rather than genuine or actual.
    • appearing therefore not necessarily therefore
    • represented or showing up as such; pretended
  • others:
    • Put forth or held out as real, actual, or meant; evident; professed: because, an individual's ostensible explanation or motive for performing some thing.
    • effective at being shown; that may be shown; correct or intended to be shown.

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