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Public; open; manifest.

The term overt is used in Criminal Law in reference to conduct that moves more directly toward the commission of an offense than do acts of planning and preparation that may ultimately lead to such conduct.


adjective apertus, apparent, clear, definite, distinct, easily seen, evident, explicit, exposed, glaring, in full view, in plain sight, manifest, manifestus, noticeable, notorious, obvious, open, ostensible, palpable, patent, perceptible, perspicuous, plain, public, revealed, uncovered, undisguised, unhidden, visible
See also: apparent, blatant, candid, clear, comprehensible, conspicuous, evident, known, lucid, manifest, naked, obvious, open, ostensible, palpable, patent, pellucid, perceivable, perceptible, public, salient, scrutable, unmistakable



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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13) Although all common types of metalepsis (for a systematic treatment, see Fludernik "Metalepsis") occur in Heine's Ideen, it would of course be problematic to claim that the figurativeness itself constitutes a narrative "level" that trespasses onto another one, all the more because the scenic potential of the travelogue as coherent "storyworld" is radically bracketed by the overtness of the discourse throughout.
In the case of Heine's style, the autonomous development of the narrative potential of metonymy is complicated or even rivalled by the fact that the narrator's overtness, which is highly visible throughout the narration text, (18) stresses the deliberate humoristic intention of commodifying and instrumentalizing other people: "I can use everyone" (130).
This factor was labeled overtness and was thought to capture the visibility of a disability and how that disability might require accommodations.
Based on the above factor analysis, factor scores were computed for each of the 171 subjects on the overtness, risk and response factors.
If Cosmo takes the prize for visual erotica, the prize for verbal overtness has to go to Women's Own.
The overtness of the technical setup is typical of Eliasson's art.
The examples (15)-(17) show that overtness of the subject in RIs is influenced by factors such as (i) the possibility to coindex the null subject of an RI with a DP in the preceding discourse, or (ii) the possibility to bind the null subject of an RI to a referee present in the speech situation by means of deictic binding.
Likewise, since the overtness of narrators can be described only with gradual rather than absolute categories, we must ask which degree of overtness and which textual cues would trigger the construction of a narrator model.
Sentences like (15) suggest that the overtness requirement refers to the linguistic expression whose interpretation is crucial for the licensing of PIs; that is, to the semantic trigger.
But it becomes made (factus/poiein) precisely by virtue of its unmaking: that is, the overtness of its fictionalization by which we see/read its (de)constructedness (Paxson 5, 113).
The main question to be answered in this study is whether informativeness could be a reasonable explanation for the overtness of arguments in early child Inuktitut (and, by extension, for argument ellipsis).