Definition of overt in English:

overt

adjective

  • Done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret or hidden.

    ‘an overt act of aggression’
    ‘in untreated cases, overt psychosis may occur’
    • ‘Prompt treatment within the first 10 days prevents overt coronary damage in most cases.’
    • ‘That he avoided overt references to modernity was something the public, shy of change, appreciated.’
    • ‘It's not an act of overt hostility like copy-control, but it's still a bit of a con.’
    • ‘The submission of the individual to the authority of the group and its representatives is also an overt element.’
    • ‘Sometimes a stab is an overt piece of aggression visible for all to see, but there are more subtle ways of achieving the same aims.’
    • ‘There was no overt political message because there was no apparent legal validation.’
    • ‘The question still remained whether treating pressure in overt disease prevents progression.’
    • ‘It is Archie's first overt act of rebellion against his father, and as such a threshold event in his life.’
    • ‘Any overt public criticism or disparaging remarks can result in a loss of face and cause extreme embarrassment.’
    • ‘Surely it can't have been a conspiracy because it was completely open and overt?’
    • ‘Intention is not capable of positive proof, and, accordingly, it is inferred from the overt acts.’
    • ‘We believe that a more rational approach requires the reorganisation or overt restriction of services.’
    • ‘These stories rarely take the form of something blatantly heinous like overt racism.’
    • ‘Clinical examination of the wisdom teeth and the x-ray did not show any overt pathology.’
    • ‘Aside from trade sanctions and other non-military acts has been this overt invasion of sovereignty.’
    • ‘The only exclusion criterion was overt signs of vitamin A deficiency, which was not present in any child.’
    • ‘Once there is more than one overt act, there is a range of possibilities for sentencing.’
    • ‘In fact, politicians hide their inadequacies behind the interviewer's overt aggression.’
    • ‘The End Room was the scene of my most overt act of schoolday rebellion, when I threw a chair at the teacher.’
    • ‘When people are fearful they look to any overt power to act for them but we must remember that we can act for ourselves.’
    undisguised, unconcealed, plain to see, plainly seen, plain, clear, apparent, conspicuous, unmistakable, obvious, noticeable, observable, visible, manifest, patent, open, public, above board
    blatant, glaring, shameless, brazen
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, past participle of ovrir to open from Latin aperire.

Pronunciation:

overt

/ōˈvərt//ˈōvərt/