from The Century Dictionary.

  • In appearance; ostensibly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an ostensive manner.

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  • adverb manner In an ostensive manner.
  • adverb modal Ostensibly.


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ostensive +‎ -ly


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  • This is brought out "ostensively," as Bacon would say, in "Don Quixote," or in the Russian novel "A Simple Story" -- apparently so called because it is so complex -- in which Gontcharov's hero lives in what Alice might call

    Without Prejudice Israel Zangwill 1895

  • ~ Re-Engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings -- Many current philosophers, even ostensively naturalist ones, are rightly accused of doing philosophy in a way that actually keeps it hermetically closed against science.

    Speedlinking 12/26/07 William Harryman 2007

  • In addition, the hearer has to look for the contents or assumptions the speaker ostensively intends her to consider.

    Pragmatics Korta, Kepa 2006

  • It is clear then that it is possible through the same terms to prove each of the problems ostensively as well.

    Prior Analytics Aristotle 2002

  • For all are brought to a conclusion either ostensively or per impossibile.

    Prior Analytics Aristotle 2002

  • Everything which is concluded ostensively can be proved per impossibile, and that which is proved per impossibile can be proved ostensively, through the same terms.

    Prior Analytics Aristotle 2002

  • It is clear then that every thesis can be proved in both ways, i.e. per impossibile and ostensively, and it is not possible to separate one method from the other.

    Prior Analytics Aristotle 2002

  • Further when anything is refuted ostensively by the terms ABC, it cannot be objected that the syllogism does not depend on the assumption laid down.

    Prior Analytics Aristotle 2002

  • It is necessary that every demonstration and every syllogism should prove either that something belongs or that it does not, and this either universally or in part, and further either ostensively or hypothetically.

    Prior Analytics Aristotle 2002

  • I said, ostensively studying the buildings around us while, in actuality, sneaking sideways peeks at Cassandra, trying to get another peek at her teeth.

    Sweet Myth-tery of Life Asprin, Robert 1994


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