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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. open and observable; not secret or hidden;
- Example: "an overt lie"
- Example: "overt hostility"
- Example: "overt intelligence gathering"
- Example: "open ballots"
[syn: overt, open]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

overt \o"vert\ ([=o]*v[~e]rt" or [=o]"v[~e]rt), a. [OF. overt, F. ouvert, p. p. of OF. ovrir, F. ouvrir, to open, of uncertain origin; cf. It. aprire, OIt. also oprire, L. aperire to open, operire to cover, deoperire to uncover. Perh. from L. aperire influenced by F. couvrir to cover. Cf. Aperient, Cover.] [1913 Webster] 1. Open to view; public; apparent; manifest. Opposite of hidden. [1913 Webster] Overt and apparent virtues bring forth praise. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) Not covert; open; public; manifest; as, an overt act of treason. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court. --Constitution of the U. S. [1913 Webster] Note: In criminal law, an overt act is an open act done in pursuance and manifestation of a criminal design; the mere design or intent not being punishable without such act. In English law, market overt is an open market; a pound overt is an open, uncovered pound. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

overt adj 1: open and observable; not secret or hidden; "an overt lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering"; "open ballots" [syn: overt, open] [ant: covert]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

22 Moby Thesaurus words for "overt": apparent, bald, bare, clear, clear-cut, disclosed, evident, exposed, manifest, naked, observable, obvious, open, open as day, open to all, patent, plain, public, revealed, unclassified, unconcealed, visible
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

OVERT. Open. An overt act in treason is proof of the intention of the traitor, because it opens his designs; without an overt act treason cannot be committed. 2 Chit: Cr. Law, 40. An overt act then, is one which manifests the intention of the traitor, to commit treason. Archb. Cr. Pl. 379 4 Bl. Com. 79. 2. The mere contemplation or intention to commit a crime; although a sin in the sight of heaven, is not an act amenable to human laws. The were speculative wantonness of a licentious imagination, however dangerous, or even sanguinary in its object, can in no case amount to a crime. But the moment that any overt act is manifest, the offender becomes amenable to the laws. Vide Attempt; Conspiracy, and Cro. Car. 577.