Definition of ostensibly in English:

ostensibly

adverb

  • [sentence adverb] Apparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually.

    ‘portrayed as a blue-collar type, ostensibly a carpenter’
    • ‘His aim, ostensibly, was to bring liberty and equality to the oppressed peoples of that continent.’
    • ‘While this treatment of the story seems ostensibly simple, it's anything but.’
    • ‘So, ostensibly, the Chancellor should worry - but appearances may be deceptive.’
    • ‘It was ostensibly naughty, but I like to think I had quite noble motives.’
    • ‘The main thrust of the whole stakeholder exercise was ostensibly to make low-cost pensions available to all.’
    • ‘Amorth presents his ostensibly absurd stories convincingly, with charm and plenty of natural levity.’
    • ‘All pubs in Limerick city and county may ostensibly be obeying to the smoking ban.’
    • ‘And he's currently watching The Saint DVDs, although they were ostensibly for me.’
    • ‘She sits in on my interview with Dempsey, ostensibly because he is new to the spotlight and still nervous about talking to the press.’
    • ‘The happenstance of the love for the tree house, ostensibly built for the children, might well have been your undoing.’
    • ‘They were then flown to Japan, ostensibly because he needed emergency medical care for an abdominal problem.’
    • ‘I rarely read sci-fi books - ostensibly because I find it hard to relate to the characters and story.’
    • ‘Late in the day, Martyn the Builder came along ostensibly to check on the roof covering.’
    • ‘It serves fish fingers, ostensibly for the kids, though I'd guess a few adult portions have also been dished out.’
    • ‘But Barnes has produced a bleak and profound meditation on love and loss from an ostensibly banal premise.’
    • ‘Naked commercialism was evident in even the most ostensibly charitable aspects of the operation.’
    • ‘While dressed in white, Sarah is ostensibly a chaste housewife, in red she becomes the lustful Dolores.’
    • ‘Like that lady, Health Canada wants us to quit smoking ostensibly for health purposes.’
    • ‘Children were separated from adults ostensibly to give children more freedom.’
    • ‘The report was ostensibly to be a reply to a questionnaire sent by the League.’
    apparently, seemingly, on the face of it, to all appearances, on the surface, to all intents and purposes, outwardly, superficially, allegedly, professedly, supposedly, purportedly
    pretendedly, ostensively
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Pronunciation:

ostensibly

/äˈstensiblē//əˈstensiblē/