ostensible

  • 1 ostensible — [ ɔstɑ̃sibl ] adj. • 1739; du lat. ostensus, p. p. de ostendere « montrer » 1 ♦ Vx Qui peut être montré publiquement sans inconvénient. 2 ♦ (1801) Littér. Qui est fait sans se cacher ou avec l intention d être remarqué. ⇒ apparent, ouvert, patent …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 ostensible — I adjective able to be seen, apparent, appearing, assumable, assumed, avowed, believable, claimed, clear, colorable, conjecturable, credible, deceiving, deceptive, declared, deluding, delusional, delusive, delusory, discernible, evident, explicit …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 ostensible — ostensible, ostensive Ostensible means ‘apparent but not necessarily real’ or ‘professed’: • Despite their ostensible commitment to revolution, they played an ambivalent and ultimately counter revolutionary role E. Acton, 1992. It is often used… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 Ostensible — Os*ten si*ble ([o^]s*t[e^]n s[i^]*b l), a. [From L. ostensus, p. p. of ostendere to show, prop., to stretch out before; fr. prefix obs (old form of ob ) + tendere to stretch. See {Tend}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Capable of being shown; proper or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 ostensible — ‘Manifiesto o patente’: «Dolores, con ostensible indiferencia, tararea» (Gambaro Malasangre [Arg. 1982]). No debe confundirse con ostentoso (‘llamativo por su suntuosidad o aparatosidad’; → ostentoso) …

    Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • 6 ostensible — 1762, from Fr. ostensible, from L. ostensus, pp. of ostendere to show, from ob in front of + tendere to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 ostensible — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Uso/registro: elevado. Que se nota o se percibe con sólo observarlo superficialmente: Su amargura resultaba ostensible, aunque intentaba ocultarla …

    Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • 8 ostensible — *apparent, seeming, illusory Analogous words: specious, *plausible, colorable: pretended, assumed, affected, simulated, feigned (see ASSUME) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 ostensible — [adj] alleged, supposed apparent, avowed, colorable, demonstrative, exhibited, illusive, illusory, likely, manifest, notable, outward, plausible, pretended, professed, purported, quasi, seeming, semblant, so called*, specious, superficial;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 ostensible — (Del lat. ostendĕre, mostrar). 1. adj. Que puede manifestarse o mostrarse. 2. Claro, manifiesto, patente …

    Diccionario de la lengua española

  • 11 ostensible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ apparently true, but not necessarily so. DERIVATIVES ostensibly adverb. ORIGIN Latin ostensibilis, from ostendere stretch out to view …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 ostensible — [ä sten′sə bəl] adj. [Fr < ML ostensibilis < L ostendere, to show < ob(s) , against (see OB ) + tendere, to stretch: see THIN] 1. apparent; seeming; professed 2. Rare clearly evident ostensibly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 ostensible — ► adjetivo 1 Que puede ser notado con facilidad: ■ todos captamos su ostensible antipatía hacia mí. SINÓNIMO perceptible 2 Que puede mostrarse o manifestarse. SINÓNIMO manifiesto * * * ostensible (del lat. «ostendĕre», mostrar) 1 adj. Susceptible …

    Enciclopedia Universal

  • 14 ostensible — adjective the ostensible star is Lana Turner, but it s Juanita Moore who makes the movie click Syn: apparent, outward, superficial, professed, supposed, alleged, purported Ant: genuine •• ostensible, apparent, illusory, seeming The apparent… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 OSTENSIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qui peut être montré, qui est fait pour être montré. Lettre ostensible. Faites moi par écrit une réponse ostensible. On lui donna une instruction ostensible, et une instruction secrète …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 16 OSTENSIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qui peut être montré, qui est fait pour être montré. Lettre ostensible. Réponse ostensible. Il signifie aussi Qui est visible, apparent. Porter un insigne d’une manière ostensible …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 17 ostensible — [18] Ostensible means literally ‘that can be shown’. It comes via French from medieval Latin ostensibilis, a derivative of the Latin verb ostendere ‘show’ (itself a compound formed from the prefix ob ‘in front of’ and tendere ‘stretch’, source of …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 ostensible — [18] Ostensible means literally ‘that can be shown’. It comes via French from medieval Latin ostensibilis, a derivative of the Latin verb ostendere ‘show’ (itself a compound formed from the prefix ob ‘in front of’ and tendere ‘stretch’, source of …

    Word origins

  • 19 ostensible — ostensibly, adv. /o sten seuh beuhl/, adj. 1. outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended: an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness. 2. apparent, evident, or conspicuous: the ostensible truth of their theories. [1720 30; < F < L… …

    Universalium

  • 20 ostensible — os|ten|si|ble [ɔˈstensıbəl US a: ] adj [Date: 1700 1800; : French; Origin: Latin ostendere to show ] seeming to be the reason for or the purpose of something, but usually hiding the real reason or purpose ostensible reason/purpose/aim ▪ The… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English


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