ostensively vs ostensibly :

ostensively vs ostensibly

ostensively or ostensibly

Ostensibly is an adverb that means ‘apparently, but not really’.

”John is ostensibly studying for his upcoming exams right now, but actually he’s watching the football match on his laptop.” 

People sometimes use ostensively when they mean ostensibly. Ostensively is technically a word, but a rare one that’s hardly ever used; it means “in a way that points something out directly.”

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