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ostensibly

Definition:

from appearances alone

Class:

adverb (modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb)

Derived from:

ostensible

Comparative:

more ostensibly

Superlative:

most ostensibly

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

"had been ostensibly frank as to his purpose while really concealing it" - Thomas Hardy

Etymology:

French, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendere to show, from obs-,...
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

ostensibly [sentence modifier] | apparently [synonym] | seemingly [synonym]

apparently; seemingly (2 of 396 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

ostensibly | evidently [synonym, sense-specific] | apparently [synonym, sense-specific] | ostensively [synonym, sense-specific] | presumably [synonym, sense-specific] | putatively [synonym, sense-specific] | seemingly [synonym, sense-specific] | supposedly [synonym, sense-specific] | externally [similar, sense-specific] | ...

in an ostensible manner | to all outward appearances (8 of 180 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ostensibly

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ostensibly

used for saying that although someone pretends to have one reason for something, there is in fact another reason (19 of 63 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ostensibly

American Heritage Dictionary:

ostensible | ostensibly [adverb, related]

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostensible

Oxford Dictionary:

ostensibly | apparently [synonym]

as appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; apparently (13 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ostensibly

Wiktionary:

ostensibly [modal] | apparently [synonym] | arguably [synonym] | at first blush [synonym] | seemingly [synonym] | ostensively [synonym]

seemingly, apparently, on the surface (5 of 43 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostensibly

New World Dictionary:

ostensible | ostensibly [adverb, related]

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostensible

Random House Dictionary:

face | faced [past tense] | facing [present participle] | phiz [slang] | face to face [sense-specific] | face to face with [sense-specific] | fly in the face of [sense-specific] | get out of someone's face [sense-specific] | in the face of [sense-specific] | ...

the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin. | a look or expression on this part. | an expression or look that indicates ridicule, ... (26 of 1076 words, 56 definitions, 38 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/face

Wikipedia:

Apparent [disambiguation]

may refer to: Apparent magnitude, measure of brightness of a celestial body as seen by an observer on Earth | Heir apparent, person who is first in line of succession | Apparent death, an antipredator behavior known as playing dead | Apparent wind,... (40 of 124 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Apparent

Encarta Dictionary:

seeming | seemingly [adverb, derived]

apparent to the senses or to the mind, but not necessarily true or real (14 of 32 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715721​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Merriam-Webster:

ostensibly

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

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ostensibly

Wiktionary:

ostensibly [modal]

Origin: ostensible + -ly, from French ostensible, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendō ("I show"), from ob ("before") + tendō ("I stretch out")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostensibly

Online Etymology:

ostensibly

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=ostensibly

Audio references

Wiktionary:

ostensibly [modal]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ostensibly"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostensibly

Collins Dictionary:

ostensibly [sentence modifier]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ostensibly"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

ostensible [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ostensibly"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ostensibly"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ostensibly

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ostensibly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ostensibly

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ostensibly

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ostensibly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ostensibly

the Free Dictionary:

ostensibly

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ostensibly"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ostensibly"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ostensibly

Google Dictionary:

ostensibly

Audio: English pronunciation of "ostensibly"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=ostensibly

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ostensibly

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ostensibly"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ostens​02 word=ostensibly

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