What does the word ostensible mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Ostensibly.

  • Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Avowed or put forward; seeming; apparent.

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by William Eleroy Curtis