Definition of Ostensibly

1. Adverb. From appearances alone. "On the face of it the problem seems minor"




Definition of Ostensibly

1. adv. In an ostensible manner; avowedly; professedly; apparently.

Definition of Ostensibly

1. Adverb. (context: modal) seemingly, apparently, on the surface ¹

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Definition of Ostensibly

1. [adv]

Medical Definition of Ostensibly

1. In an ostensible manner; avowedly; professedly; apparently. "Ostensibly, we were intended to prevent filibustering into Texas, but really as a menace to Mexico." (U. S. Grant) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ostensibly

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Literary usage of Ostensibly

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

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"Public gatherings indeed ceased, but many of those who ostensibly professed the old faith secretly read Lutheran works which they had concealed. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"A buck is a man' who rides in a cab ostensibly as a legitimate fare, to enable the cabman to proceed to some destination to which he is not allowed to take ..."

3. Foreign Conspiracy Against the Liberties of the United States by Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1835)
"The political character of this ostensibly religious enterprise proved from the letters of the Jesuits now in this country— Their antipathy to private ..."

4. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"It is improper to make new allowances now ostensibly for the enlarged guns, because still larger guns were originally ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"She set sail from the port of London, Great Britain, on the 8th of December, 1802, upon a voyage ostensibly for the port of Nassau, NP, and the libel ..."

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