seeming or said to be true or real but very possibly not true or real
[French, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendere to show, from obs-, ob- in the way + tendere to stretch]
Cara’s eyes widened as she stared at the scrolls before her. Her thoughts spun as she scanned the ancient writing, barely daring to breath. She had finally found it.
For the past three years she had been searching for a way to save her daughter, Lila. Lila had been born sick. Cara never knew which day would be Lila’s last. Then she heard rumors, whispers of an forbidden ritual that was the key to immortality. It was ostensible, but she didn’t let that deter her. She would ensure Lila lived a long life.