- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɒˈstɛn.sɪ.bli/ or /ɒˈstɛn.sə.bli/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɑːˈstɛn.sə.bli/
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- Hyphenation: os‧ten‧si‧bly
ostensibly (not comparable)
- (modal) Seemingly, apparently, on the surface.
- 1889, Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney, 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, Herbert, Brian; Anderson, Kevin J, 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.
- 2007 April 10, “Who Killed Ashraf Marwan?”, in The New York Times, retrieved 18 September 2015:
- Mr. Marwan’s story — a tale overflowing with the suspense and ruthless duplicity of a spy novel — began to take shape in the spring of 1969. He had come to London, ostensibly to consult a Harley Street doctor about a stomach ailment. He chose to be examined by a doctor whose offices had been used previously for a covert meeting between King Hussein of Jordan and the general director of the Israeli prime minister’s office."