1. Ostensible is used to express something that seems to be true, or stated to be true, but it might not be.
He wrote three more books after his ostensible retirement.

1a) Or the person who has uttered the word has doubts about its trueness.
Her ostensible reason was to study maths, but her real reason was being close to him.

1b) Apparent; seeming, visible.
He suffered much, and not only from his ostensible enemies.
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