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"ostensible" in British English

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ostensibleadjective [before noun]

uk   /ɒsˈten.sə.bəl/  us   /ɑːˈsten.sə.bəl/ formal
(Definition of ostensible from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ostensibleadjective [not gradable]

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