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Definitions and Synonyms of ostensible | Another word for ostensible | What is ostensible?

Definition 1: represented or appearing as such; pretended - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ostensible or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity

Synonyms for ostensible in the sense of this definition

(ostensible is similar to ...) not genuine; imitating something superior

"counterfeit emotion" "counterfeit money" "counterfeit works of art" "a counterfeit prince"

Definition 2: appearing as such but not necessarily so - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ostensible or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent
  • the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies
  • the ostensible truth of their theories
  • his seeming honesty

Synonyms for ostensible in the sense of this definition

(ostensible is similar to ...) concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually

"superficial similarities" "a superficial mind" "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy" "superficial knowledge" "the superficial report didn't give the true picture" "only superficial differences"

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