Stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.
‘the delay may have a deeper cause than the ostensible reason’
‘The safety team’s ostensible goal was, if possible, to manage the project to a safe and successful conclusion.’
‘For all his ostensible desire to tell the truth, when it comes to the hardest points, McNamara proves slippery.’
‘While the ostensible motivation will be to improve the security of the Internet, the real objective will be to increase corporate profitability.’
‘The show confirmed that he is an unabashed landscape painter, regardless of his ostensible subject matter.’
‘The ostensible cause of the conflict was a trivial argument between a public transportation driver and a passenger of different faiths.’
мнимый, очевидный, показной, явный, служащий предлогом