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ostensible

adjective [before noun] uk   /ɒsˈten.sɪ.bl̩/ us    /ɑːˈsten-/ formal
appearing or claiming to be one thing when it is really something else: Their ostensible goal was to clean up government corruption, but their real aim was to unseat the government.
ostensibly
adverb uk   /-bli/ us  
He has spent the past three months in Florida, ostensibly for medical treatment, but in actual fact to avoid prosecution.
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…
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