Purportedly vs Ostensibly - What's the difference?
As adverbs the difference between purportedly and ostensibly
is that purportedly
is supposedly, putatively or reputedly while ostensibly
is (modal) seemingly, apparently, on the surface.
supposedly, putatively or reputedly
(modal) seemingly, apparently, on the surface
* 1889 , Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee, Dictionary of national biography
- On 13 June the peshwa signed a new treaty, ostensibly complying with the demands of the British government...
* 2007 , Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson, Sandworms of Dune
- Up to a year or two ago it had been the custom to kill horses in the yards — ostensibly for fertilizer...
- People strive to achieve perfection — ostensibly an honorable goal — but complete perfection is dangerous. To be imperfect, but human, is far preferable.
* (seemingly) apparently, arguably, at first blush, seemingly, ostensively