Example sentences for: ostensible

How can you use “ostensible” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • The proprietorial use of the adjective Tasmanian — found in compounds like Tasmanian kingfish, Tasmanian pink-eye (a potato), Tasmanian scallop (the shellfish, not, as in New South Wales, a slice of fried potato), and Tasmanian red (an apple)—plays on an ostensible difference in the island produce, as does the much more audacious hijacking of Atlantic in Tasmanian Atlantic salmon (farmed Tasmanian salmon).

  • I did not think a book could be any worse than High Crimes . Then I encountered Jerome Levin's--whoops, I mean, Dr. Jerome Levin's-- The Clinton Syndrome . Psychotherapist Levin's ostensible purpose is to use Clinton's problems to bring attention to sex addiction.

  • Yes, the ostensible reason for the mission--aging research--is dubious.

  • In fact, you can't teach them at all; as an environment for educational and moral growth, American public secondary education will continue to be a miserable failure so long as the values of the institution are so at odds with its ostensible mission.

  • The ostensible reason for this racial "profiling" is that New Jersey highways are a conduit for drugs and that the troopers think blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be culprits.


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