overt

o"vert

(*vrt" or "vrt), 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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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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