What is another word for ostensible?

Pronunciation: [ɒstˈɛnsəbə͡l] (IPA)

Ostensible is a term that is often used to describe something that appears to be true or real, but may not actually be so. Some synonyms for this term include apparent, seeming, and plausible. Other synonms for "ostensible" include supposed, purported, and alleged. These words all suggest that there may be some doubt or uncertainty about the truth of the matter. Other similar words that can be used instead of "ostensible" include outward, surface, and superficial. These words all describe something that is visible or obvious but may not reflect what is actually going on beneath the surface.

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What are the opposite words for ostensible?

The word "ostensible" refers to something that is outwardly appearing or seeming to be true, but may not necessarily be the case. In contrast, antonyms for this term include genuine, authentic, evident, obvious, and real. These words indicate that there is no doubt or question about the authenticity or truth of a situation, unlike something that is merely ostensible. Other antonyms for "ostensible" include hidden, obscure, and undisclosed, indicating that something is intentionally kept secret or hidden from view. Using these antonyms can help to clarify the true nature of a situation or object, and avoid confusion about its actual status or condition.

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Usage examples for Ostensible

The ostensible reason she gave was that neither Mr. nor Mrs. Hilbery should be disturbed.
"Night and Day"
Virginia Woolf
But it would have been a surprise, not only to other people but to Katharine herself, if some magic watch could have taken count of the moments spent in an entirely different occupation from her ostensible one.
"Night and Day"
Virginia Woolf
His ostensible pretext, for the relentless barbarity that ensued, was, that his horse was killed under him just as the flag was raised.
"A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion"
William Dobein James

Famous quotes with Ostensible

  • In reality the workings of your governing system are opaque and covert, while hiding in the chattering spotlight of an ostensible transparency, even though the ultimate objective is clear.
    Breyten Breytenbach
  • Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
    Emile M. Cioran
  • That taxes may be the ostensible cause is true, but that they are the true cause is as far remote from truth as light from darkness.
    Henry Knox
  • Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
    Theodore Roosevelt
  • My target is what most libertarians have in common — with each other, and with their ostensible enemies. Libertarians serve the state all the better because they declaim against it. At bottom, they want what it wants. But you can’t want what the state wants without wanting the state, for what the state wants is the conditions in which it flourishes.
    Bob Black

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