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ostensibly

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EtymologyEdit

ostensible +‎ -ly, from French ostensible, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendō (I show), from ob (before) + tendō (I stretch out)

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Hyphenation: os‧ten‧si‧bly

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ostensibly (not comparable)

  1. (modal) seemingly, apparently, on the surface
    • 1889, Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee, Dictionary of national biography
      On 13 June the peshwa signed a new treaty, ostensibly complying with the demands of the British government...
    • 1906, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, Chapter 9
      Up to a year or two ago it had been the custom to kill horses in the yards — ostensibly for fertilizer...
    • 2007, Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson, Sandworms of Dune
      People strive to achieve perfection — ostensibly an honorable goal — but complete perfection is dangerous. To be imperfect, but human, is far preferable.

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