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Definition of Ostensible

Ostensible

  1. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown.
  2. Shown; exhibited; declared; avowed; professed; apparent; -- often used as opposed to real or actual; as, an ostensible reason, motive, or aim.

Ostensible Quotations

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
Theodore Roosevelt

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
Emile M. Cioran

In reality the workings of your governing system are opaque and covert, while hiding in the chattering spotlight of an ostensible transparency, even though the ultimate objective is clear.
Breyten Breytenbach

That taxes may be the ostensible cause is true, but that they are the true cause is as far remote from truth as light from darkness.
Henry Knox

I have observed, through many years of living in north Brooklyn, that people, for example an ostensible group of friends, can be dangerous to one another.
Kate Christensen
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Ostensible Translations

ostensible in Spanish is ostensible
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