Ostensible



[o-sten-suh-buh l] /ɒˈstɛn sə bəl/

adjective
1.
outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended:
an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
2.
apparent, evident, or conspicuous:
the ostensible truth of their theories.
/ɒˈstɛnsɪbəl/
adjective
1.
apparent; seeming
2.
pretended
adj.

1762, “capable of being shown, presentable,” from French ostensible, from Latin ostens-, past participle stem of ostendere “to show, expose to view; to stretch out, spread before; exhibit, display,” from ob “in front of” (see ob-) + tendere “to stretch” (see tenet). Meaning “apparent, professed” is from 1771.

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