What is another word for ostensibly?

Pronunciation: [ɒstˈɛnsəbli] (IPA)

Ostensibly is a word that is used when referring to something that appears to be true or real, but may not always be. There are several synonyms that can be used in place of ostensibly such as purportedly, allegedly, seemingly, apparently, and outwardly. Purportedly describes a situation where the truth of a thing must still be determined, while allegedly is specific to situations where a claim is being made against another party. Seemingly and apparently both convey that something appears to be technically true, but there may be hidden factors at play. Lastly, outwardly implies the most superficial truth about something. All of these synonyms can be used in situations where ostensibly is required, depending on the nuance required.

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Ostensibly means apparently, seemingly, or on the surface, appearing to be true but not necessarily so. Some antonyms for ostensibly are genuinely, actually, truly, undoubtedly, and unquestionably. These antonyms convey a sense of certainty and truthfulness, suggesting that something is not just an external façade, but an authentic and real representation of what it claims to be. Other antonyms for ostensibly include explicitly, plainly, and unequivocally, which imply that there is no room for misinterpretation or doubt. By contrast, ostensibly suggests that there may be hidden agendas or motives behind something that is presented as true or genuine.

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Usage examples for Ostensibly

In 1886 he set out for Paris, ostensibly with the object of completing his legal education there.
"Life and Writings of Maurice Maeterlinck"
Jethro Bithell
When they planned the journey for pleasure, Mattawa and Gordon had gone with them ostensibly on a shooting trip.
"The Greater Power"
Harold Bindloss W. Herbert Dunton
His approach had been ostensibly careless, and there was only a faintly suggestive hardness in his eyes.
"A Prairie Courtship"
Harold Bindloss

Famous quotes with Ostensibly

  • In today's world, marketers reach inside the home and attempt to figure out not what's good for your daughter, because that is not their business, but what deep desires they can manipulate, stimulate and ostensibly satisfy in order to produce cold, hard cash.
    Maggie Gallagher
  • Labels only confuse people. The smarter people recognize artists who transcend categories. But I always try to entertain. It's in my nature; writers are born to entertain. If that means working ostensibly within a genre, fine.
    John Shirley
  • We wanted to establish a new fan base over here. And second, we wanted to challenge ourselves. We wanted to bring what is ostensibly new music to fresh ears and see what lights them up.
    Bob Weir
  • Some of the surveillance was ostensibly devoted to terrorism suspects. But great quantities of the programs manifestly had nothing to do with national security. The documents left no doubt that the NSA was equally involved in economic espionage, diplomatic spying, and suspicionless surveillance aimed at entire populations. Taken in its entirety, the Snowden archive led to an ultimately simple conclusion: the US government had built a system that has as its goal the complete elimination of electronic privacy worldwide. Far from hyperbole, that is the literal, explicitly stated aim of the surveillance state: to collect, store, monitor, and analyze all electronic communication by all people around the globe.
    Glenn Greenwald
  • Property has been the central consideration of the United States government, but it has become even more so over time. Between the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, to provide just one obvious, and in some ways, silly, example (silly because all of the terms are seemingly obvious, yet in fact nearly impossible to adequately define) and the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1868, the inalienable right with which men [] are self-evidently endowed by their Creator, and which may not be abridged by the State, changed from "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness," to life, liberty, and property. The Fourteenth Amendment, passed during the KKK's maiden reign of terror, ostensibly to protect the rights of blacks from racist state governments, has been used far more often to protect the rights to property: Of the Fourteenth Amendment cases brought before the Supreme Court between 1890 and 1910, only nineteen dealt with the rights of blacks, while two hundred and eighty-eight dealt with the rights of corporations.
    Derrick Jensen

Related words: ostensibly meaning, ostensibly phrased, seemingly

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