Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ostensible”

See all translations

ostensible

adjective [not gradable]  /ɑˈsten·sə·bəl/ us  
appearing or claiming to be one thing when it is really something else: Rous published 60 scientific papers after his ostensible retirement.
ostensibly
adverb [not gradable]  /ɑˈsten·sə·bli/ us  
If the engine on an ostensibly low-mileage car is filthy, it may have higher mileage than it seems.
Translations of “ostensible”
in Spanish aparente…
in French prétendu…
in German angeblich…
in Chinese (Traditional) 表面上的, 假稱的, 假託的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 表面上的, 假称的, 假托的…
(Definition of ostensible from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ostensible?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ostensible” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More