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ostensive

adjective

  1. (instructive)  manifestly demonstrative
    Similar to: instructive
  2. (counterfeit)  represented or appearing as such
    Synonyms: ostensible, pretended. Similar to: counterfeit

Etymology summary

late Latin ostensivus, from ostens- "stretched out to view" (see "ostensible")
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

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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Collins Dictionary:

ostensive | ostensible [less common, sense-specific] | ostensively [adverb, derived]

obviously or manifestly demonstrative | a less common word for "ostensible" | [philosophy] (of a definition) given by demonstrative means, especially ... (19 of 223 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

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

"ostensible" [sense-specific] | of, relating to, or constituting definition by exemplifying the thing or quality being defined (16 of 120 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

ostensive | ostensively [derived] | ostensiveness [derived]

directly demonstrative. | [linguistics] : denoting a way of defining by direct demonstration, e.g. pointing. (14 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ostensive

American Heritage Dictionary:

ostensive | ostensively [adverb, related]

Seeming or professed; ostensible. (4 of 26 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostensive

New World Dictionary:

ostensive | ostensively [adverb, related]

directly pointing out; clearly demonstrative | "ostensible" (specific sense) (8 of 19 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostensive

Random House Dictionary:

ostensive | ostensible [synonym, sense-specific]

clearly or manifestly demonstrative. | ostensible (5 of 12 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ostensive

Wiktionary:

ostensive | ostensible [synonym, sense-specific]

Apparently true, but not necessarily; ostensible | Clearly demonstrative. (8 of 9 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostensive

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

Oxford Dictionary:

ostensive

First use: mid 16th century

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

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ostensive

American Heritage Dictionary:

ostensive

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostensive

Collins Dictionary:

ostensive

First use: 17th century

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

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

New World Dictionary:

ostensive

Origin: French ostensif from Medieval Latin ostensivus

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ostensive

Wiktionary:

ostensive

Origin: French ostensif, from Medieval Latin ostensivus

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ostensive

Encarta Dictionary:

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:

ostensive

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ostensive"

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the Free Dictionary:

ostensive

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ostensive"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ostensive"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ostensive" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ostensive

Google Dictionary:

ostensive

Audio: English pronunciation of "ostensive"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ostensive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ostensive"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ostens​03 word=ostensive

YourDictionary Audio:

ostensive

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ostensive" by speech synthesizer

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