[ UK /ɒstˈɛnsəbli/ ]
[ US /ɑˈstɛnsəbɫi/ ]
ADVERB
  1. from appearances alone
    on the face of it the problem seems minor
    had been ostensibly frank as to his purpose while really concealing it
    irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land
    the child is seemingly healthy but the doctor is concerned
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How To Use ostensibly In A Sentence

  • A few weeks before the vote on November 7, the buzz goes, Cheney will announce his resignation, ostensibly because of signs of new trouble with his ticker.
  • Colours Beyond Colours" opens with a Jamaican-sounding speaker ostensibly describing the supersensory effects of LSD, and then segueing into a cod-'60s-didactic announcement about the electromagnetic spectrum. PopMatters
  • As for the remaining four songs, 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' and 'Tea In The Sahara' are doomy ciphers, the former possibly about marriage, the latter open to a handful of interpretations, none of them exactly upbeat, while 'Synchronicity I' is a trifle explaining the title concept and the monster hit 'Every Breath You Take', is ostensibly a trite love song with it's icy and obsessive core just barely concealed. Synchronicity
  • Two weeks later, Zeng died, ostensibly of ‘congenital maldevelopment of brain function’ and ‘total circulatory failure.’
  • They were then flown to Japan, ostensibly because he needed emergency medical care for an abdominal problem.
  • While ostensibly the pie plate would serve to prevent the derailleur from inadvertently and tragically wandering into the spokes like a Nü-Fred jumping into the Gimbels Ride, in the absence of any sort of rear mech "rear mech" is Yiddish for derailleur--the "ch" is guttural I can only assume the pie plate is vestigial. New Customs: Changing Language, Changing Bikes
  • The happenstance of the love for the tree house, ostensibly built for the children, might well have been your undoing.
  • He has spent the past three months in Florida, ostensibly for medical treatment, but in actual fact to avoid prosecution for a series of notorious armed robberies.
  • Like that lady, Health Canada wants us to quit smoking ostensibly for health purposes.
  • This is a story about rootlessness, about impulsive, ostensibly whimsical wandering.
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