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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.

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

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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The first is that because music is nonverbal it can therefore transcend the limits of language and "utter" or at least prefigure that which is not (yet) utterable. The second is that it is nonrepresentational, or at least nonfigurative, for it may perhaps be representational of affect and affective states.
What is cathartic for Clare is thus not the transformation of forgetting into memory and self-representation as Freud would have it, but the conversion of the unknown; the unsaid never forgotten, though undecipherable at the time of witnessing; into knowable, utterable, acts of resistance to colonial mythologies about Jamaican self-representation and recollection.
Politicians of both red and blue talk as if locked in a desperate competition to describe their country in the most utopian terms utterable.
Thus, to be utterable in the 1790s, prophecy had to be presented as ventriloquism, quotation, and joint authorship; this destabilization of authorial status Coleridge encodes within the poem itself.
And thus is the sphere of reason both extended (to virtually all spaces of human experience) and limited (now, only certain things count as utterable "within the true").
They are sites of the negotiation of cultural value differences in music, and only part of these negotiations are uttered (and utterable) in natural language.
The general, or syntactical, sense of the desired form now being established, we proceed to its more specific morphological and phonological shape--for, of course, neither bhu nor lat, as such, is utterable; they exist only as ideas, as grammatical fictions.