Usage examples for ostensible

  1. He was brushed and washed at the usual hour, and set off with his son to pursue his ostensible calling. – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  2. State Senator Duvall had been the father, or the ostensible father, of the Senate amendment to House Bill Twenty- nine. – The Grafters by Francis Lynde
  3. The ostensible neutrality of King Constantine's government was regarded by the Allies as dangerous, the failure of Greece to respond to the call of Serbia, its treaty ally, having demonstrated the governmental inclination toward the cause of the Central Powers. – America's War for Humanity by Thomas Herbert Russell
  4. Cicely was left alone to face all difficulties, to receive and answer all messages and to take upon herself for the time being the ostensible duties of the mistress of Abbot's Manor. – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  5. 4. He speaks of a double set of opinions and principles; the one ostensible, to go on the journals and before the public, the other efficient, and the real motives to action. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  6. If we would determine what conclusion follows from the same ostensible premisses when the tacit assumption of real existence is left out, let us, according to the recommendation in the Westminster Review, substitute means for is. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  7. The ostensible bait held out to him was that Francezka, with whose beauty, faith and tenderness all Paris was ringing, would be at Chambord and would take part in Monsieur Voltaire's plays. – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  8. The ostensible reasons were sanatory measures, the necessity of having a general quarantine at the entrance of the Sea of Azof, encouragement of coasters and lighters, and the utility of a vast emporium opened to the productions of all Russia. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
  9. More than once, after his engagement had become known, he had sought to obtain an interview with Purvis and Sprague and Winfield; but for a long time the opportunity which he sought did not come, and he was too proud to seek them for the ostensible purpose of speaking to them about it. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  10. He had called upon me shortly after his arrival, his ostensible reason being my work among his mill- people. – Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man by Marie Conway Oemler
  11. This cut was for the ostensible purpose of opening up navigation between the two streams, but as nothing was stipulated in respect of dredging approaches the obligation of the concessionaire was limited to the construction of the canal and locks. – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman
  12. The ostensible motive for this is a desire to bring about a closer union with the Established Church of Scotland. – Christian Sects in the Nineteenth Century by Caroline Frances Cornwallis
  13. I studied medicine from guile, not therefore the less carefully, that I might have a good ostensible reason for going about among the poor. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  14. Knowing the ostensible motive, I appreciate the value of time to you, and I assure you the company has no desire to delay matters longer than is necessary to assure itself of the justice of the claim. – The Best Policy by Elliott Flower
  15. Now there we have instances of three prominent ostensible civilisations working the silent- assertion lie. – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  16. The brave troops which he led, though ignorant of their real leader, obeyed his direction under an idea they were Lord Ruthven's, who was their ostensible general, and steadily pursued their march. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  17. The next day he began to lay his plans carefully, and disappeared soon after breakfast with the ostensible purpose of climbing a height at some distance for the sake of the prospect. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe