Definition of Ostensible

1. Adjective. Appearing as such but not necessarily so. "His seeming honesty"

Exact synonyms: Apparent, Seeming
Similar to: Superficial
Derivative terms: Apparentness, Appear

2. Adjective. Represented or appearing as such; pretended. "His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity"
Exact synonyms: Ostensive
Similar to: Counterfeit, Imitative

Definition of Ostensible

1. a. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown.

Definition of Ostensible

1. Adjective. meant for open display; apparent ¹

2. Adjective. alleged, having an intention that is possibly but not obviously true ¹

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Definition of Ostensible

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Ostensible

1. 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. Origin: From L. Ostensus, p. P. Of ostendere to show, prop, to stretch out before; fr. Prefix obs- (old form of ob-) + tendere to stretch. See Tend. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ostensible

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osteitis fibrosa circumscripta
osteitis fibrosa cystica
osteitis fibrosa disseminata
ostensible (current term)
ostensive definition
ostensive definitions

Literary usage of Ostensible

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Law of Partnership by Theophilus Parsons (1878)
"ostensible or Public Partners. This name indicates that the partner is " shown forth " to the world as one. If this is done with his own consent, ..."

2. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"ostensible means capable of being shown; proper or Intended to be shown; shown; ... ostensible agency exists In law where one, either intentionally or from ..."

3. An Exposition of the Principles of Estoppel by Misrepresentation by John Skirving Ewart (1900)
"I would do that were the risk my own.1 ostensible Ownership. ... If the real owner assists in the misrepresentation of property by an ostensible owner, ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1910)
"The cases are not In harmony upon this question. 'Some support the view that the creditors of the ostensible partnership have such priority (see Kelly v. ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Personal Property by James Schouler (1918)
"There is the ostensible or public partner; that is, the person who is shown forth to the world as a partner, and who thus incurs the ordinary liabilities of ..."

6. A Treatise of the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Bank-notes and by Sir John Barnard Byles, George Sharswood (1883)
"or dormant partner; thirdly, the case of a mere nominal or ostensible ... First, as to a partnership both actual and ostensible. ..."

7. Works of Thomas Hill Green by Thomas Hill Green, Richard Lewis Nettleship (1894)
"Hi§ ostensible explanation of it. as a relation and as a sum. ... from it again as ' idea,' without ostensible departure from the principle that the idea is ..."

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