Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Ostensible"

The meaning of "Ostensible" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does ostensible mean?
A: Something that looks to be true, but doesn't neccesarily mean it is

Example sentences using "Ostensible"

Q: Please show me example sentences with ostensible.
A: America invaded Iraq with the ostensible purpose of finding weapons of mass destruction. (But really they just wanted to kill Saddam Hussein)

His Mother went into his room ostensibly to clean it up. (But really she wanted to find something there).

The policeman stopped the car, ostensibly because the rear light was broken. (But really he thought that the driver was drunk)

Synonyms of "Ostensible" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between ostensible and facade ?
A:  If you're mad but acting happy, you're putting up a Facade. This word has to do with the outer layer of something.

Ostensible is appearing or claiming to be one thing when it is really something else.

Q: What is the difference between ostensible and seeming ?
A: These two are exactly the same 👍🏻
Q: What is the difference between ostensible and sham ?
A: Ostensible: intended for display, open to view (like cornerstone)
Sham: hoax, hypocrisy, trick

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