Ostensible

Os*ten"si*ble

(s*tn"s*b'l), a. [From L. ostensus, p. p. of ostendere to show, prop., to stretch out before; fr. prefix obs- (old form of ob-) + tendere to stretch. See Tend.]
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1. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown. [R.] Walpole.
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2. Outwardly appearing to be; shown to be; exhibited; apparent; evident.
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3. Declared; avowed; professed; pretended; -- often used as opposed to real or actual; as, an ostensible reason, motive, or aim. D. Ramsay.
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