Definition of ostensible adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    ostensible

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ɑˈstɛnsəbl//
     
    [only before noun]
     
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  1. 1seeming or stated to be real or true, when this is perhaps not the case synonym apparent
  2. 2 The ostensible reason for his absence was illness.
NAmE//ɑˈstɛnsəbli//
 
adverb Troops were sent in, ostensibly to protect the civilian population.
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