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Pronunciation:  â'stensibul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  represented or appearing as such; pretended; "His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity"
  2. [adj]  appearing as such but not necessarily so; "for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"; "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies"; "the ostensible truth of their theories"; "his seeming honesty"

OSTENSIBLE is a 10 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: apparent(a), counterfeit, imitative, ostensive, seeming(a), superficial



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Os*ten"si*ble\, a. [From L. ostensus, p. p. of
ostendere to show, prop., to stretch out before; fr. prefix
obs- (old form of ob-) + tendere to stretch. See {Tend}.]
1. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown.
   [R.] --Walpole.

2. Shown; exhibited; declared; avowed; professed; apparent;
   -- often used as opposed to {real} or {actual}; as, an
   ostensible reason, motive, or aim. --D. Ramsay.

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