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