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He was ostensibly on vacation, actually he was on a diplomatic mission.
Melissa went to her room, ostensibly to do her homework.
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English version of definition of ostensibly
a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents
a sweet hard biscuit in the shape of a tube, flavoured with ginger
to gossip or share personal information with someone …
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American definition of ostensibly from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.