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ADVERB (1)

1. from appearances alone;
- Example: "irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land"
- Example: "the child is seemingly healthy but the doctor is concerned"
- Example: "had been ostensibly frank as to his purpose while really concealing it"-Thomas Hardy
- Example: "on the face of it the problem seems minor"
[syn: apparently, seemingly, ostensibly, on the face of it]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ostensibly \Os*ten"si*bly\ ([o^]s*t[e^]n"s[i^]*bl[y^]), adv. In an ostensible manner; avowedly; professedly; apparently. --Walsh. [1913 Webster] Ostensibly, we were intended to prevent filibustering into Texas, but really as a menace to Mexico. --U. S. Grant. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ostensibly adv 1: 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, ostensibly, on the face of it]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

60 Moby Thesaurus words for "ostensibly": 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