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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.
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