American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Seeming or professed; ostensible.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Showing; betokening.
- Setting forth a general principle by virtue of which a proposition must be true. The old logicians supposed all strict proof to be either of this nature or else apagogic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Showing; exhibiting.
- adj. represented or appearing as such; pretended.
- adj. manifestly demonstrative
- From French ostensif, from Medieval Latin ostensivus (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin ostēnsīvus, from Latin ostēnsus, past participle of ostendere, to show; see ostensible. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Therefore we can not tolerate such an ostensive rejection of western civilization, and its key values.”
“The free traders gave it away for the ostensive reason of access to a billion new customers in China.”
“The Chinese fueled Clinton's apparent economic success, not the ostensive 'sound' economic policies Clinton practiced.”
“We might try this ostensive definition: it is the culture, mental framework, and social reality of the world created by the industrial revolution, mass society, urban life, and mass literacy and communication.”
“As for the potted history of post-revolutionary France, it is, for all its ostensive authority, an attempt to justify the means by the end.”
“GT 2006-08-31: Well, thank God #6: Raed Jarrar and ostensive definitions”
“Something similar occurs with ostensive definitions.”
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“A dictionary may offer ostensive definitions of some words”
“Definitions sought by philosophers are of neither of these kinds, dictionary or ostensive.”
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