ostensible purpose

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The stock was half rotten and worm-eaten; the lock was as rusty and about as well adapted to its ostensible purpose as an old door-hinge; the threading of the screws about the trigger was completely worn away; while the barrel shook in the wood.
There was a stewardess, too, actively engaged in producing clean sheets and table-cloths from the very entrails of the sofas, and from unexpected lockers, of such artful mechanism, that it made one's head ache to see them opened one after another, and rendered it quite a distracting circumstance to follow her proceedings, and to find that every nook and corner and individual piece of furniture was something else besides what it pretended to be, and was a mere trap and deception and place of secret stowage, whose ostensible purpose was its least useful one.
Fielded by the party in poll-bound Gujarat, Manmohan Singh said the measure had failed its ostensible purpose of curbing wealth accumulated through tax evasion as it was known by now that none of the stated objectives of eliminating black money, terror financing and counterfeit currency have been met.
Although the ostensible purpose of a vacation is to get away from it all, modern travelers have come to expect connectivity throughout their entire trip, influencing their decisions both while planning and at their destination.
Often overlooked is whether the ostensible purpose of licensures--to protect the health and safety of consumers -- is actually achieved.
In countries, with ongoing experience of terrorism and or regional instability such as Kenya, it is perhaps not surprising that there is extreme sensitivity to what people, regardless of their origin and ostensible purpose, are doing near to national airports.
The ostensible purpose of these deadly sanctions was clearly to "intimidate a population or compel a government .
The ostensible purpose for which an organisation is created may be at variance from the actual purpose for which the organisation gets used.
So what better way to exploit the situation than "Queens of Drama," a Pop series that assembles a group of actresses for the ostensible purpose of trying to produce their own show, but really functions as an excuse to create a reality-style serial on the cheap.
Land of Aphrodite, and as of 2013 the bail-in, whose ostensible purpose was to avoid burdening states with bank debt and let savers take the hit.
Mr Justice Irwin said: "The ostensible purpose of the activity was not for sexual pleasure but simulated sex for commercial reasons.
Sitting with Lord Justice Bean and Mr Justice Turner, he added: "The ostensible purpose of the activity was not for sexual pleasure but simulated sex for commercial reasons.