Definition of 'ostensible'
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The ostensible reason for these archive repeats is twofold. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The ostensible purpose of an organisation is rarely its real purpose. Times, Sunday Times (2008)In those cases ostensible consent might well have little value as mitigation. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Rather recklessly, this is a programme about art with no obvious interest in its ostensible subject. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The ostensible reason is that the new world is changing so fast that no one gets a chance to feel at home in it. Christianity Today (2000)While the ostensible subject of their lawsuit may be money, there is undoubtedly a deep political grudge match as well. Times, Sunday Times (2012)I'd better remind him of the ostensible reason for our meeting. Times, Sunday Times (2013)At least that's the ostensible subject, if not just the setting. Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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Used Occasionally. ostensible is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'ostensible'
British English: ostensible ADJECTIVE
Ostensible is used to describe something that seems to be true or is officially stated to be true, but about which you or other people have doubts.
The ostensible purpose of these meetings was to gather information on financial strategies.
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