Purportedly vs Ostensibly - What's the difference?

purportedly | ostensibly |


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.

purportedly

English

Adverb

(-)
  • supposedly, putatively or reputedly
  • ostensibly

    English

    Adverb

    (-)
  • (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...
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  • Up to a year or two ago it had been the custom to kill horses in the yards — ostensibly for fertilizer...
  • * 2007 , Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson, Sandworms of Dune
  • People strive to achieve perfection — ostensibly an honorable goal — but complete perfection is dangerous. To be imperfect, but human, is far preferable.

    Synonyms

    * (seemingly) apparently, arguably, at first blush, seemingly, ostensively