overt


From 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.]
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   1. Open to view; public; apparent; manifest. Opposite of
      hidden.
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            Overt and apparent virtues bring forth praise.
                                                  --Bacon.
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   2. (Law) Not covert; open; public; manifest; as, an overt act
      of treason. --Macaulay.
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            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.
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   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.
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