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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [o-sten-siv]
    • /ɒˈstɛn sɪv/
    • /ɒstˈensɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [o-sten-siv]
    • /ɒˈstɛn sɪv/

Definitions of ostensive word

  • adjective ostensive clearly or manifestly demonstrative. 1
  • abbreviation OSTENSIVE ostensible. 1
  • noun ostensive Directly or clearly demonstrative. 1
  • adjective ostensive obviously or manifestly demonstrative 0
  • adjective ostensive (of a definition) given by demonstrative means, esp by pointing 0
  • adjective ostensive directly pointing out; clearly demonstrative 0

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Origin of ostensive

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin ostēnsīvus, equivalent to Latin ostēns(us), variant of ostentus past participle of ostendere to present, display (o(b)s-, variant of ob- ob- + tend(ere) to stretch + -tus past participle suffix) + -īvus -ive

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Parts of speech for Ostensive


ostensive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

ostensive usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ostensive

adjective ostensive

  • ostensible — outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended: an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
  • apparent — An apparent situation, quality, or feeling seems to exist, although you cannot be certain that it does exist.
  • professed — avowed; acknowledged.
  • supposed — assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical: a supposed case.
  • perceived — to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses: I perceived an object looming through the mist.

Antonyms for ostensive

adjective ostensive

  • real — true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.

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