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Monday January 22, 2018

Ostensible (ah-STEN-suh-buhl)

Apparent, seeming to be true

Usage Examples

  • Ostensibly, the shorter route is the quickest; although, it may not be if its terrain is more difficult than that of the longer route.
  • I'm not sure I know why he robbed the bank, but the ostensible reason is that he needed money.

Word Usage Tip


  • He APPARENTLY kept his children out of the will because they neglected him in his old age.
  • He OSTENSIBLY kept his children out of the will because they neglected him in his old age.

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