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Overt


O'VERT, adjective [Latin aperio.]

Open to view; public; apparent; as overt virtues; an overt essay. But the word is now used chiefly in law. Thus an overt act of treason is distinguished from secret design or intention not carried into effect, and even from words spoken. A market overt is a place where goods are publicly exposed to sale. A pound over, is one open overhead, as distinguished from a pound covert or close.