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Etymology

From ostensible < French ostensible < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] ostensus, past participle of ostendō ‘I show’, from ob ‘before’ + tendō ‘I stretch out’.

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Adverb

ostensibly (not comparable)

Positive
ostensibly

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. seemingly, apparently, on the surface
    A bedroom is ostensibly the safest room in the house, but many parents started to think differently and install better window-security features when Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her own bedroom one night.

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