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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 os·ten·si·ble /ɑˈstɛn(t)səbəl, ə-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Os·ten·si·ble a.
 1. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown. [R.]
 2. Outwardly appearing to be; shown to be; exhibited; apparent; evident.
 3. Declared; avowed; professed; pretended; -- often used as opposed to real or actual; as, an ostensible reason, motive, or aim.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: appearing as such but not necessarily so; "for all his
             apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"; "the
             committee investigated some apparent discrepancies";
             "the ostensible truth of their theories"; "his seeming
             honesty" [syn: apparent(a), seeming(a)]
      2: represented or appearing as such; pretended; "His ostensible
         purpose was charity, his real goal popularity" [syn: ostensive]