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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Outward appearance. Seeming to be the reason for or the purpose of something, but usually hiding the real reason or purpose.

Usage examples (34)
  • The ostensible purpose of the parade was to celebrate the day, but the prolific political posters made it clear it was part of a campaign.
  • His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity
  • They have exercised the right to determine from the circumstances whether the ostensible was the real destination.
  • By these we mean the introducing houses, such as ostensible millinery establishments and the like in fashionable but retired streets, where ladies meet their lovers. for more
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