The definition of overt is something that is out in the open.
An example of overt is public displays of affection.
- not hidden; open; observable; apparent; manifest
- Law done openly and publicly, without attempt at concealment and with evident intent
Origin of overtMiddle English overte from Middle French overt, past participle of ovrir, to open from Vulgar Latin an unverified form operire from Classical Latin aperire, to open: see aperture
- Open and observable; not hidden, concealed, or secret: overt hostility; overt intelligence gathering.
- Of, relating to, or being military or intelligence operations sanctioned or mandated by Congress: overt aid to the rebels.
Origin of overtMiddle English from Old French past participle of ovrir to open from Vulgar Latin ōperīre alteration ( influenced by Latin cōperīre to cover ) of Latin aperīre ; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
From Old French overt (“open") (modern French ouvert).
overt - Legal Definition
Unconcealed; open and observable; not secret.