ostensibly ostensibly  /ɑ ˈstɛn səb li/


  • (adv) from appearances alone


  1. It's hard to imagine a studio green-lighting an idea as weird and ostensibly uncommercial as a 43-min.
  2. Written by mathematician Masahiko Fujiwara, the book is ostensibly a nostalgic call to return to ancient Japanese virtues.
  3. A mob, ostensibly made up of Jesus' fellow Jews, responds with a bloodthirsty roar.


  1. The next 'Instagram for video' might actually come from Instagram

    Facebook is keeping quiet about about a press event it has slated for June 20, so no one really knows what's on the table. Some reports suggest the social network will launch an RSS news reader, ostensibly to fill the void Google Reader will leave behind went it shuts down on July 1. Another rumor, according to an anonymous TechCrunch source, is that Facebook will announce a new feature for ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Week via Yahoo! News

  2. Commentary: America still choosing security over liberty

    In the past weeks, Americans have learned of a dizzying array of heretofore unrevealed surveillance programs, part of a hidden security structure ostensibly designed to prevent terrorist attacks from ever occurring on U.S. soil again. Reactions from commentators have ranged from furious outrage to reasoned concern to outright dismissal of the programs’ implications. Those in the latter camp have ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

  3. The Mike Zunino era begins? Mariners fire C Kelly Shoppach, hire Henry Blanco

    In a surprise move Friday, the Mariners designated catcher Kelly Schoppach for assignment and signed 41-year-old Henry Blanco — ostensibly to be the backup as prospect Mike Zunino starts behind the plate. Zunino, 22, made his major-league debut Wednesday against the Astros, going 1-for-4 with a single and displaying his defensive prowess at catcher. Zunino turned heads when, in the top of the ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: seattlepi.com


  1. "We ostensibly come from such different places on the musical map. There are radical differences in the ways we've gone about enjoying our lives as musicians," Plant said backstage after the show. "Alison has shown me so much of the America...
    on Feb 9, 2009 By: Robert Plant Source: FOXNews

  2. "There are a number of people who would all ostensibly be good owners and capable of paying the price that we're looking for," Goodwin said.
    on Jun 10, 2008 By: Fred Goodwin Source: Reuters

  3. Putin said such tragedies "happen when ostensibly attractive but empty ideas are put above fundamental values, values of human life, of rights and freedom."
    on Oct 30, 2007 By: Vladimir Putin Source: Washington Post

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pacify pacify
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