Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Avowed or put forward; seeming; apparent.

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Usage examples "ostensible":

  1. The ostensible grounds on which Mr. Motley was recalled are plainly insufficient to account for the action of the government. - "Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete", Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Last Updated: February 6, 2009.
  2. She gave as her ostensible reason for the choice, her wish to be with Mrs. Phillips during her brother's necessary absence. - "Mr. Hogarth's Will", Catherine Helen Spence.
  3. While England was suffering the worst of the disasters of the recent war in South Africa the Russian government sent a secret embassy to Lhassa, carrying rich presents and large sums of money to the Grand Lamal for the ostensible purpose of securing permission to construct a branch from its Siberian Railway to Lhassa across Chinese Turkestan. - "Modern India", William Eleroy Curtis.