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Word of the Day 8/25/14 Ostensible

Ostensible (adjective)
ostensible [o-sten-suh-buh l]


adjective
1. outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended: an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
2. apparent, evident, or conspicuous: the ostensible truth of their theories.

Can be confused: ostensive.

Origin: 1720-30; < French < Latin ostēns (us), variant of ostentus (see ostensive ) + French -ible -ible

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