Meaning of “ostensible” in the English Dictionary

"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)

"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 scientific papers after his ostensible retirement.
ostensibly
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)