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Meaning of “ostensible” in the English Dictionary

"ostensible" in British English

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ostensibleadjective [before noun]

uk   /ɒsˈten.sɪ.bl̩/  us   /ɑːˈsten-/ formal
adverb uk   us   /-bli/
He has ​spent the past three ​months in Florida, ostensibly for ​medicaltreatment, but in ​actualfact to ​avoidprosecution.
(Definition of ostensible from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ostensible" in American English

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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 ​scientificpapers 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 ​highermileage 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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