[o-sten-suh-buh l] /ɒˈstɛn sə bəl/
outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended:
an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
apparent, evident, or conspicuous:
the ostensible truth of their theories.
(sentence modifier) apparently; seemingly
1765, from ostensible + -ly (2).
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.
[o-sten-siv] /ɒˈstɛn sɪv/ adjective 1. clearly or manifestly demonstrative. 2. . /ɒˈstɛnsɪv/ adjective 1. obviously or manifestly demonstrative 2. a less common word for ostensible 3. (philosophy) (of a definition) given by demonstrative means, esp by pointing adj. c.1600, from Late Latin ostensivus “showing,” from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendere “to show” (see ostensible).
noun, Philosophy. 1. the definition of a term by pointing to one or more examples to which the term can be applied.
[os-tuh n-sawr-ee-uh m, -sohr-] /ˌɒs tənˈsɔr i əm, -ˈsoʊr-/ noun, plural ostensoria [os-tuh n-sawr-ee-uh, -sohr-ee-uh] /ˌɒs tənˈsɔr i ə, -ˈsoʊr i ə/ (Show IPA). Roman Catholic Church. 1. .
[o-sten-suh-ree] /ɒˈstɛn sə ri/ noun, plural ostensories. Roman Catholic Church. 1. . /ɒsˈtɛnsərɪ/ noun (pl) -sories 1. (RC Church) another word for monstrance