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Ostensible vs. Ostentatious

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  • Ostensible (adjective)

    Apparent, evident; meant for open display.

  • Ostensible (adjective)

    Appearing as such; being such in appearance; professed, supposed (rather than demonstrably true or real).

    "The ostensible reason for his visit to New York was to see his mother, but the real reason was to get to the Yankees game the next day."

  • Ostentatious (adjective)

    Of ostentation.

  • Ostentatious (adjective)

    Intended to attract notice.

  • Ostentatious (adjective)

    Of tawdry display; kitsch.

Wiktionary
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  • Ostensible (adjective)

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

  • Ostensible (adjective)

    Outwardly appearing to be; shown to be; exhibited; apparent; evident.

  • Ostensible (adjective)

    Declared; avowed; professed; pretended; - often used as opposed to real or actual; as, an ostensible reason, motive, or aim.

  • Ostentatious (adjective)

    Fond of, or evincing, ostentation; unduly conspicuous; pretentious; boastful.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Ostensible (adjective)

    appearing as such but not necessarily so;

    "for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"

    "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies"

    "the ostensible truth of their theories"

    "his seeming honesty"

  • Ostensible (adjective)

    represented or appearing as such; pretended;

    "His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity"

  • Ostentatious (adjective)

    intended to attract notice and impress others;

    "an ostentatious sable coat"

  • Ostentatious (adjective)

    of a display that is tawdry or vulgar

Princeton's WordNet
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