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 for 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
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              Overt and apparent virtues bring forth praise.
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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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: open and observable; not secret or hidden; "an overt
             lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering";
             "open ballots" [syn: overt, open] [ant: covert]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "overt":
     apparent, bald, bare, clear, clear-cut, disclosed, evident,
     exposed, manifest, naked, observable, obvious, open, open as day,
     open to all, patent, plain, public, revealed, unclassified,
     unconcealed, visible

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  OVERT. Open. An overt act in treason is proof of the intention of the 
  traitor, because it opens his designs; without an overt act treason cannot 
  be committed. 2 Chit: Cr. Law, 40. An overt act then, is one which manifests 
  the intention of the traitor, to commit treason. Archb. Cr. Pl. 379 4 Bl. 
  Com. 79. 
       2. The mere contemplation or intention to commit a crime; although a 
  sin in the sight of heaven, is not an act amenable to human laws. The were 
  speculative wantonness of a licentious imagination, however dangerous, or 
  even sanguinary in its object, can in no case amount to a crime. But the 
  moment that any overt act is manifest, the offender becomes amenable to the 
  laws. Vide Attempt; Conspiracy, and Cro. Car. 577. 

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