os·ten·si·ble /ɑˈstɛn(t)səbəl, ə-/
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.
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]