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Definition open and observable; not secret or hidden
  • overt intelligence gathering
overt = not secret or hidden
  • overt hostility
  • Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • 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.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • There was no overt or subtle condemnation.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • 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.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • 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.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It was never said overtly, but .... we all had a sense something big was coming, and we've been drilled on what to do."
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • "The Effects of Overt Head Movements on Persuasion," Basic and Applied Social Psychology (198®). vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 219-230.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • A masculine voice, but not overtly masculine.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Now you've said the first overt incident all of you witnessed involved a man who'd had several beers.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • They did not mean for it to say too much overtly, and at the same time they wished for it to say everything.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • To all of them, adult women were threatening creatures, and in two cases there was overt sexual perversion.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He jumped to his feet and held his Transvice at the ready, without overtly showing it as a threat.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Good whites—not the type that is overtly bigoted— urged us to "work, study, lift ourselves up by our bootstraps."
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • In the short term that will prevent him from an overt attack.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • In past history popularly elected governments have been no better and sometimes far worse than overt tyrannies.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • None moved against them overtly, but they were closing in on the tracks, a silent, hideous party of rubberneckers.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Not even the bull fighter, Lorenzo Garza, or the great boxer, Panchito Billa, provoked the kind of overt joy in Monterrey like these children did.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Cheryl's drug problem had become more consuming and overt.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore

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