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Definition of ostensibly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ostensibly

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//ɒˈstensəbli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɑːˈstensəbli//
 
(formal)
 
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according to what seems or is stated to be real or true, when this is perhaps not the case synonym apparently Troops were sent in, ostensibly to protect the civilian population.