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Utter

To publish or offer; to send into circulation.

The term utter is frequently used in reference to Commercial Paper. To utter and publish an instrument is to declare, either directly or indirectly through words or action, that it is good. It constitutes a crime, for example, to utter a forged check.

utter

v. 1) to issue a forged document. 2) to speak. (See: forgery)

utter

verb air, announce, articulate, assert, aver, breathe, broach, circulate, come out with, communicate, declaim, declare, deliver, dicere, disclose, emit, enunciate, express, give expression to, give forth, impart, issue, make known, mouth, proclaim, propound, publicize, publish, recite, reveal, sound, speak, spread, state, talk, tell, vent, voice
See also: absolute, arrant, avow, comment, communicate, complete, confess, converse, declare, definite, disclose, disseminate, enunciate, express, flagrant, gross, mention, observe, outright, phrase, proclaim, profess, pronounce, publish, pure, recite, relate, remark, reveal, speak, stark, tell, thorough, total, unconditional, unequivocal, unlimited, unmitigated, unqualified

TO UTTER, crim. law. To offer, to publish.
     2. To utter and publish a counterfeit note is to assert and declare, directly or indirectly, by words or actions, that the note offered is good. It is not necessary that it should be passed in order to complete the offence of uttering. 2. Binn. R. 338, 9. It seems that reading out a document, although the party refuses to show it, is a sufficient uttering. Jebb's Ir. Cr. Cas. 282. Vide East, P. C. 179; Leach, 251; 2 Stark. Ev. 378 1 Moody, C. C. 166; 2 East, P. C. 974 Russ. & Ry. 113; 1 Phil. Ev. Index, h.t.; Roscoe's Cr. Ev. 301. The merely showing a false instrument with intent to gain a credit when there was no intention or attempt made to pass it, it seems would not amount to an uttering. Russ. & Ry. 200. Vide Ringing the charge.

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They were each and all supposed to have been reared in utter unconsciousness of vice.
On this subject we had long and animated discussions -- he maintaining the utter groundlessness of faith in such matters, -- I contending that a popular sentiment arising with absolute spontaneity- that is to say, without apparent traces of suggestion -- had in itself the unmistakable elements of truth, and was entitled to as much respect as that intuition which is the idiosyncrasy of the individual man of genius.
goodness knows what they might be up to on the sly" (she meant that they would be kissing), "but as it is, I know every word she utters.
Who utters words of wisdom rare that fill us all with awe.
All public utterances were cheery and optimistic, but privately many of the utters were in desperate straits.
I shall leave this ministry without ever comprehending a single word that gentleman utters.
There's a white lady walks along the brook just about this time of the night and wrings her hands and utters wailing cries.
A person, the first time he hears it, is much surprised; for it is not easy to tell whence it comes, nor is it possible to guess what kind of creature utters it.
These are the kind of sentiments about the gods which will arouse our anger; and he who utters them shall be refused a chorus; neither shall we allow teachers to make use of them in the instruction of the young, meaning, as we do, that our guardians, as far as men can be, should be true worshippers of the gods and like them.
From first to last Hermann's niece utters no word in the tale -- and it is not because she is dumb, but for the simple reason that whenever she happens to come under the observation of the narrator she has either no occasion or is too profoundly moved to speak.
David began to utter sounds that would have shocked his delicate organs in more wakeful moments; in short, all but Hawkeye and the Mohicans lost every idea of consciousness, in uncontrollable drowsiness.
It has failed; whereby I do now know that that which I had feared is a truth established; the sign of this failure is, that the most potent spirit known to the magicians of the East, and whose name none may utter and live, has laid his spell upon this well.