from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. meant for open display; apparent
- adj. alleged, having an intention that is possibly but not obviously true
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown.
- adj. Outwardly appearing to be; shown to be; exhibited; apparent; evident.
- adj. Declared; avowed; professed; pretended; -- often used as opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Put forth or held out as real, actual, or intended; apparent; professed: as, a person's ostensible reason or motive for doing something.
- Capable of being shown; that may be shown; proper or intended to be shown.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. appearing as such but not necessarily so
- adj. represented or appearing as such; pretended
And none of the hedge fund geniuses think to actually pick up the phone and call the ostensible issuer of the notes just to check and see that the notes are real and Dreier is authorized to peddle them.
They have exercised the right to determine from the circumstances whether the ostensible was the real destination.
Philip, at whose request he had come, had charged him by no means to divulge the secret, as the King was anxious to have it believed that the ostensible was the only business which the prelate had to perform in the country.
"Truth is, the titular subject is entirely ostensible, which is both the film's charm and its greatest limitation," writes
I say, "ostensible," because, in fact, the paramilitaries have rarely fought guerrillas themselves, but rather, have targeted civilians struggling peacefully for social change - for example, trade unionists, peasant leaders, teachers and Catholic priests advocating for the poor.
That alone would make it a collector's item, but it's particularly notable because the ostensible premise of Nabokov's best-known novel ( "ostensible" because Lolita is not simply about an older man's affair with a preteenage girl) caused a scandal that kept the book itself from finding an American publisher for nearly three more years.
As for the Kols, what Dalton says about the Mundas (194) not only indicates that parental interference is more than "ostensible," but makes clear that what these girls enjoy is not free choice but what is euphemistically called "free love," before marriage:
By these we mean the introducing houses, such as ostensible millinery establishments and the like in fashionable but retired streets, where ladies meet their lovers.
[Footnote 608: 'Praedia urbana vel rustica.'] [Footnote 609: The punishment consisted in loss of all claim to the property -- which was generally seized by someone who had some kind of ostensible claim to it -- and a penalty of equal value with that of the property wrongfully seized.] 'II.
 Also, it does state Tascón's intention for publicly posting the list (although it expresses doubt that this was the real reason, saying this was the "ostensible" reason).