overt


overt
Open; manifest; public; issuing in action, as distinguished from that which rests merely in intention or design. Market overt.
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An open, manifest act from which criminality may be implied. An outward act done in pursuance and manifestation of an intent or design. An open act, which must be manifestly proved. An overt act essential to establish an attempt to commit a crime is an act done to carry out the intention, and it must be such as would naturally effect that result unless prevented by some extraneous cause. It must be something done that directly moves toward the crime, and brings the accused nearer to its commission than mere acts of preparation or of planning, and will apparently result, in the usual and natural course of events, if not hindered by extraneous causes, in the commission of the crime itself. In reference to the crime of treason, and the provision of the federal Constitution that axperson shall not be convicted thereof unless on the testirnony of two witnesses to the same "overt act," the term means a step, motion, or action really taken in the execution of a treasonable purpose, as distinguished from mere words, and also from a treasonable sentiment, design, or purpose not issuing in action. It is an act in furtherance of the crime. One which manifests the intention of the traitor to commit treason. An overt act which will justify the exercise of the right of self-defense is such as would manifest to the mind of a reasonable person a present intention to kill him or do him great bodily harm. An overt act which completes crime of conspiracy to violate federal law is something apart from conspiracy and is an act to effect the object of the conspiracy, and need be neither a criminal act, nor crime that is object of conspiracy, but must accompany or follow agreement and must be done in furtherance of object of agreement. Marino v. United States, C.C.A.Cal., 91 F.2d 691, 694, 695
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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overt — I adjective apertus, apparent, clear, definite, disclosed, distinct, easily seen, evident, explicit, exposed, express, glaring, in full view, in plain sight, manifest, manifestus, noticeable, notorious, obvious, open, ostensible, palpable, patent …   Law dictionary

  • overt — ō vərt, ō .vərtalso ō vərt adj open to view: readily perceived <overt behavior> overt·ly adv * * * adj. plainly to be seen or detected: applied to diseases with observable signs and symptoms, as opposed to those whose presence may not be… …   Medical dictionary

  • overt — overt; overt·ly; overt·ness; …   English syllables

  • overt — early 14c., open to view, from O.Fr. overt (Fr. ouvert), pp. of ovrir to open, from L. aperire to open, uncover, from PIE *ap wer yo from *ap off, away + base *wer to cover (see WEIR (Cf. weir)). Cf. L …   Etymology dictionary

  • overt — [ō vʉrt′, ō′vʉrt΄] adj. [ME overte < MFr overt, pp. of ovrir, to open < VL * operire < L aperire, to open: see APERTURE] 1. not hidden; open; observable; apparent; manifest 2. Law done openly and publicly, without attempt at concealment… …   English World dictionary

  • overt — [adj] obvious, unconcealed apparent, clear, definite, manifest, observable, open, patent, plain, public, undisguised, visible; concept 535 Ant. concealed, hidden, private, secret …   New thesaurus

  • overt — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done or shown openly. DERIVATIVES overtly adverb overtness noun. ORIGIN Old French, opened , from Latin aperire to open …   English terms dictionary

  • Overt — Overte Markierung bezeichnet in der Sprachwissenschaft eine durch ein Morphem sichtbare und segmentierbare Realisierung eines grammatischen Merkmals, meistens einer morphosyntaktischen Kategorie an einem Nomen oder Verb. Beispiel Im Lateinischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • overt — o|vert [ˈəuvə:t, əuˈvə:t US ˈouvə:rt, ouˈvə:rt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: , past participle of ovrir to open ] overt actions are done publicly, without trying to hide anything ≠ ↑covert ▪ an overt attempt to silence their… …   Dictionary of contemporary English