Definition of ostensive in English:

ostensive

adjective

  • 1Directly or clearly demonstrative.

    • ‘Both texts direct the reader to attend to the saving and comforting power of God; both also provide ostensive biblical legitimization for Equiano's autobiography.’
    • ‘Those results are ostensive evidence implying the contribution of apparent motion mechanisms to ILM perception.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, while we might struggle to analyze ‘religion’, an ostensive project should be reasonably successful.’
    1. 1.1Linguistics Denoting a way of defining by direct demonstration, e.g., by pointing.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from late Latin ostensivus, from ostens- stretched out to view (see ostensible).

Pronunciation:

ostensive

/əˈstensiv/