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ostensible (counterfeit)

Definition:

represented or appearing as such

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

ostensibly

Comparative:

more ostensible

Superlative:

most ostensible

Similar to:

counterfeit

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity

Synonyms:

ostensive | pretended

Etymology:

French, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendō ("show"), itself from...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

ostensible | apparent [synonym, sense-specific] | pretended [synonym, sense-specific] | seeming [synonym, sense-specific] | ostensibility [noun, derived]

apparent; seeming | pretended (3 of 408 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

ostensible | assumed [synonym, sense-specific] | evident [synonym, sense-specific] | apparent [synonym, sense-specific] | ostensive [synonym, sense-specific] | presumed [synonym, sense-specific] | prima facie [synonym, sense-specific] | putative [synonym, sense-specific] | reputed [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

intended for display; open to view | being such in appearance; plausible rather than demonstrably true or real (17 of 323 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

ostensible | ostensibility [derived]

Syllabification: (os·ten·si·ble) | [attributive] | stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so The ending of ostensible is spelled-ible. (19 of 88 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/ostensible

ostensible [attributive]

stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so (10 of 79 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ostensible

Cambridge Dictionary:

ostensible [formal] | ostensibly [adverb, derived]

appearing or claiming to be one thing when it's really something else (12 of 72 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ostensible

Wiktionary:

ostensible | ulterior [antonym, sense-specific] | apparent [synonym, sense-specific]

meant for open display; apparent | alleged, having an intention that is possibly but not obviously true (16 of 67 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostensible

American Heritage Dictionary:

ostensible | ostensibly [adverb, related]

Represented or appearing as such; ostensive (6 of 49 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

ostensible

appearing to be true, or stated by someone to be true, but possibly false (14 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

ostensible | ostensibly [adverb, related]

apparent; seeming; professed | [rare] clearly evident (6 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

ostensible

outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended. | apparent, evident, or conspicuous. (10 of 28 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ostensible

Wikipedia:

Ostensive definition

conveys the meaning of a term by pointing out examples. This type of definition is often used where the term is difficult to define verbally, either because the words will not be understood or because of the nature of the term. It's usually accompanied... (44 of 971 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

ostensible | ostensive

presented as being true, or appearing to be true, but usually hiding a different motive or meaning (17 of 55 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635631​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

ostensible

Origin: French, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendō ("show"), itself from obs- ("in front of") (akin to ob- ("in the way") and to Greek ἐπί (epi, "on, at, besides, after") and Old English... (33 of 40 etymology words)

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ostensive

Origin: French ostensif, from Medieval Latin ostensivus

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Oxford Dictionary:

ostensible

First use: mid 18th century

Origin: French, from medieval Latin ostensibilis from Latin ostens- "stretched out to view", from the verb ostendere, from ob- "in ... (22 of 27 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/ostensible

ostensive

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: late Latin ostensivus, from ostens- "stretched out to view" (see "ostensible")

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American Heritage Dictionary:

ostensible

Origin: French, from Medieval Latin ostēnsibilis, from Latin ostēnsus, past participle of ostendere, to show: ob-, ... (15 of 24 etymology words)

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ostensive

Origin: Late Latin ostēnsīvus, from Latin ostēnsus, past participle of ostendere, to show; see "ostensible".

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Merriam-Webster:

ostensible

First use: about 1771

Origin: French, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendere to show, from obs-, ob- in the way + tendere to stretch, thin

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New World Dictionary:

ostensible

Origin: French from Medieval Latin ostensibilis from Latin ostendere, to show from obs-, against (see "ob-") + tendere, to stretch: see "thin"

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ostensive

Origin: French ostensif from Medieval Latin ostensivus

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Online Etymology:

ostensible

First use: 1762

Origin: French ostensible, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendere "to show", from ob "in front of" + tendere "to stretch".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ostensible

Collins Dictionary:

ostensible

First use: 18th century

Origin: via French from Medieval Latin ostensibilis, from Latin ostendere to show, from ob- before + tendere to extend

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ostensive

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Late Latin ostentīvus, from Latin ostendere to show; see ostensible

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ostensive

Encarta Dictionary:

ostensible

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: French from medieval Latin ostensibilis from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendere "show" from tendere "stretch, spread"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635631​/definition​.html  [offline]

ostensive

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: late Latin ostensivus from Latin ostensus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635632​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ostensible

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ostensive

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Cambridge Dictionary:

ostensible [formal]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

ostensible

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

ostensible

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the Free Dictionary:

ostensible

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ostensive

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Google Dictionary:

ostensible

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ostensive

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ostensible

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ostensive

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YourDictionary Audio:

ostensible

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ostensive

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