Part of speech: adverb

  1. apparently or seemingly, but not necessarily genuinely or truly; outwardly

Examples of


in a sentence

  • He agreed to the compromise, ostensibly to maintain peace, but secretly had other motives.
  • The company’s decision was ostensibly driven by cost-cutting measures, but employees suspected other reasons.

Did you Know?

Ostensibly comes from the Latin word ostensibilis, meaning “that may be shown or exhibited.” It is used to describe something that appears or seems to be true or genuine, but may not necessarily be so. People or entities may act ostensibly to create a certain impression or to hide their true intentions. Recognizing ostensible actions can prompt further investigation and a deeper understanding of underlying motivations.

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