Ostensible is an adjective that is used to describe something which is stated as or appearing to be true, but it necessarily isn’t. Pretend, conspicuous.


  1. His ‘ostensible’ words regarding an important meet-up, turned out to be a trap to get people to get together for a day out at the theme park.
  2. People may have ‘ostensible’ outward happiness and joy, but inwards they are completely the opposite.
  3. Their ‘ostensible’ statements were a cover for what was really happening behind the scenes.

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