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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.] [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]