ostensibly adv : from appearances alone; "irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land"; "the child is seemingly healthy but the doctor is concerned"; "had been ostensibly frank as to his purpose while really concealing it"-Thomas Hardy; "on the face of it the problem seems minor" [syn: apparently, seemingly, on the face of it]
EtymologyFrom ostensible < ostensible < ostensus, past participle of ostendō ‘I show’, from ob ‘before’ + tendō ‘I stretch out’.
- Dutch: ogenschijnlijk, op het eerste gezicht
- Finnish: näennäisesti
- Spanish: ostensiblemente
allegedly, apparently, arrantly, artificially, as a cover, as a pretext, as an excuse, as it seems, at first sight, avowedly, blatantly, boldly, clearly, conspicuously, demonstrably, erroneously, evidently, externally, factitiously, falsely, flagrantly, for public consumption, for the record, glaringly, in name only, manifestly, markedly, nominally, notably, noticeably, notoriously, obtrusively, obviously, on the surface, ostensively, outstandingly, outwardly, patently, plainly, plausibly, prima facie, professedly, prominently, pronouncedly, purportedly, saliently, seemingly, spuriously, staringly, strikingly, superficially, synthetically, to all appearances, to all seeming, to the eye, truthlessly, ungenuinely, unnaturally, untruly, unveraciously