adjective Date: 1782 1. ostensible 2 2. of, relating to, or constituting definition by exemplifying the thing or quality being defined • ostensively adverb

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  • Ostensive — Os*ten sive, a. Showing; exhibiting. [1913 Webster] {Ostensive demonstration} (Math.), a direct or positive demonstration, as opposed to the apagogical or indirect method. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ostensive — [ä sten′siv] adj. [Fr ostensif < ML ostensivus] 1. directly pointing out; clearly demonstrative 2. OSTENSIBLE (sense 1) ostensively adv …   English World dictionary

  • ostensive — ostensible, ostensive Ostensible means ‘apparent but not necessarily real’ or ‘professed’: • Despite their ostensible commitment to revolution, they played an ambivalent and ultimately counter revolutionary role E. Acton, 1992. It is often used… …   Modern English usage

  • ostensive — ostensively, adv. /o sten siv/, adj. 1. clearly or manifestly demonstrative. 2. ostensible. [1595 1605; < ML ostensivus, equiv. to L ostens(us), var. of ostentus ptp. of ostendere to present, display (o(b)s , var. of ob OB + tend(ere) to stretch… …   Universalium

  • ostensive — adjective a) Apparently true, but not necessarily; ostensible b) Clearly demonstrative. See Also: ostentatious, ostentation …   Wiktionary

  • ostensive — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Appearing as such but not necessarily so: apparent, external, ostensible, outward, seeming, superficial. See SURFACE …   English dictionary for students

  • ostensive — É‘ stensɪv /É’ adj. shown to be so, demonstrated; ostensible …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ostensive — adjective Linguistics denoting a way of defining by direct demonstration, e.g. pointing. Derivatives ostensively adverb ostensiveness noun Origin C16: from late L. ostensivus, from ostens (see ostensible) …   English new terms dictionary

  • ostensive — os·ten·sive …   English syllables

  • ostensive — os•ten•sive [[t]ɒˈstɛn sɪv[/t]] adj. 1) clearly or manifestly demonstrative 2) ostensible • Etymology: 1595–1605 os•ten′sive•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

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