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1. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown.

2. Shown; exhibited; declared; avowed; professed; apparent; often used as opposed to real or actual; as, an ostensible reason, motive, or aim.

Origin: 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.