ostensible ostensible  /ɑ ˈstɛn sə bəl/


  1. (adj) appearing as such but not necessarily so
  2. (adj) represented or appearing as such; pretended



  1. The ostensible reason for ousting the senior leader was his laudatory book on a political leader, the real reason was the power struggle within the party.
  2. This ostensible act of kindness has actually demonstrated the patronizing nature of the Fischers.
  3. There is nothing ostensible about David's role in the drug scandal: he anchored it.


  1. Cops In Turkey Raid Square With Teargas

    Cops in Turkey have raided Taksim Square, the cite of major protests over the last weeks. The ostensible reason is to clean it up, and not to disperse protesters. But as you can see in this video from RT, there was use of tear gas, which did cause protesters to disperse.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Business Insider

  2. Taco Bell Firing Follows Shell Licking Photo

    News of a Taco Bell firing should come as no surprise after an employee was photographed licking a stack of taco shells — an image that later made it to Taco Bell’s Facebook page. The Taco Bell firing in response to the pic’s release (and ostensible damage to the brand) was announced somewhat quietly by [...] Taco Bell Firing Follows Shell Licking Photo is a post from: The Inquisitr
    on June 5, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr


  1. "The ostensible aims of the operation amount to requiring Hamas not to behave like Hamas: not to fire into Israel or target Israeli civilians or soldiers, not to prepare for such attacks, not to store or smuggle in the material for such...
    on Dec 28, 2008 By: David Horovitz Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Gono said that government had to en sure that the empowerment drive is not derailed by Zanu (PF) chefs, "some who are already making the most noise in ostensible support of this initiative, who would want to amass wealth to themselves in a starkly...
    on Oct 1, 2007 By: Gideon Gono Source: ZimDaily

  3. Shlaim argues that "The reality was one of national selfishness:.a general land grab," stated in the negative as the one purpose "the invasion did not serve was the ostensible one of coming to the rescue of the embattled Palestinians."
    on Oct 19, 2007 By: Avi Shlaim Source: Palestine Chronicle

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