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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.


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


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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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.
Russo's essay chronicles women's editorial efforts in the twentieth century and illuminates, in particular, the role of women's editing in the production of innovative poetics: "Editing, as an act of insertion and assertion, makes visible affiliations and dialogues, and redefines the legitimate and the utterable, the individual and the community--all that occupies and constitutes fields of literary production.
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.