Meaning of ostensible

os•ten•si•ble

Pronunciation: (o-sten'su-bul), [key]
— adj.
  1. outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended: an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
  2. apparent, evident, or conspicuous: the ostensible truth of their theories.
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