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synonyms for ostensible

  • avowed
  • plausible
  • professed
  • purported
  • apparent
  • colorable
  • demonstrative
  • exhibited
  • illusive
  • illusory
  • likely
  • manifest
  • notable
  • outward
  • pretended
  • quasi
  • seeming
  • semblant
  • so-called
  • specious
  • superficial
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antonyms for ostensible

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  • improbable
  • obscure
  • unlikely
  • vague
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How to use ostensible in a sentence

Days after polishing off this ostensible treat, I’m still brushing the bad taste out of my mouth.
NETFLIX HORROR NOIR BRAND NEW CHERRY FLAVOR TASTES TERRIBLEJUDY BERMANAUGUST 6, 2021TIME
Along with its headquarters employees, that alone would exceed the PPP’s ostensible 500-employee cap.
THIS COMPANY GOT A $10 MILLION PPP LOAN, THEN CLOSED ITS PLANT AND MOVED MANUFACTURING JOBS TO MEXICOBY LYDIA DEPILLISJUNE 30, 2021PROPUBLICA
Even more remarkably, Florida’s renewed stance against both ostensible communism and critical race theory in schools comes with a new state policy of surveying college students and faculty for their opinions on their schools’ ideological makeup.
FLORIDA GUV’S SCHOOL CRACKDOWN IS A RED SCARE THROWBACKKELLY WEILLJUNE 24, 2021THE DAILY BEAST
While the motivation to improve election security is spurious, the ostensible goal isn’t — everyone would agree that a secure election is important for democracy.
REPUBLICANS SAY THEY CARE ABOUT ELECTION FRAUD. HERE’S HOW THEY COULD ACTUALLY PREVENT IT.KALEIGH ROGERSAPRIL 20, 2021FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
Despite the ostensible democratic reforms in the country in recent years, the military commander-in-chief retained powerful influence, including command of the defense, border affairs and home affairs ministries, whose reach is pervasive.
HOW MYANMAR'S FRAGILE PUSH FOR DEMOCRACY COLLAPSED IN A MILITARY COUPAMY GUNIAFEBRUARY 1, 2021TIME
The ostensible reason for all this money printing has been to keep the economy out of recession.
GAMESTOP MANIA EXPOSES SEC’S FAILURE AS REGULATORSTEVEN PEARLSTEINJANUARY 30, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Gates takes heart in the fact that some of 2020’s ostensible failures have in fact been critical successes.
WHAT BILL GATES THINKS ABOUT THE STATE OF THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19JEFFREY KLUGERDECEMBER 22, 2020TIME
The four incumbent representatives – the ostensible pool of candidates for the Council presidency – are Montgomery Steppe, fellow Democratic Councilwomen Jen Campbell and Vivian Moreno and Republican Councilman Chris Cate.
POLITICS REPORT: THE ELECTION AFTER THE ELECTION IS UNDERWAYANDREW KEATTS AND SCOTT LEWISOCTOBER 10, 2020VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
The ostensible reason for this was, that in the Emperor's opinion he had not pressed the siege of Saragossa.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
About 100,000 members were enrolled in the union, the ostensible aim of which was the defence of the working manʼs interests.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDSJOHN FOREMAN
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WORDS RELATED TO OSTENSIBLE

  • averred
  • declared
  • described
  • dubious
  • ostensible
  • pretended
  • professed
  • purported
  • questionable
  • so-called
  • stated
  • supposed
  • suspect
  • suspicious
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.