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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ostensible  \Os*ten"si*ble\,  a.  [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}.] 
  1.  Capable  of  being  shown;  proper  or  intended  to  be  shown. 
  [R.]  --Walpole. 
  2.  Shown;  exhibited;  declared;  avowed;  professed;  apparent; 
  --  often  used  as  opposed  to  {real}  or  {actual};  as  an 
  ostensible  reason,  motive,  or  aim  --D.  Ramsay. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  appearing  as  such  but  not  necessarily  so  "for  all  his 
  apparent  wealth  he  had  no  money  to  pay  the  rent";  "the 
  committee  investigated  some  apparent  discrepancies"; 
  "the  ostensible  truth  of  their  theories";  "his  seeming 
  honesty"  [syn:  {apparent(a)},  {seeming(a)}] 
  2:  represented  or  appearing  as  such  pretended;  "His  ostensible 
  purpose  was  charity,  his  real  goal  popularity"  [syn:  {ostensive}] 

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