overt·​ly | \ ō-ˈvərt-lē How to pronounce overtly (audio) , ˈō-(ˌ)vərt- \

Definition of overtly

: in an overt manner : in a way that is open, straightforward, or obvious an overtly racist remark an overtly political message … the fashion of dumbing down the public discourse was over. Being overtly brainy, simply being oneself, was back in style.— Elizabeth Drew In the late 1860's interest gradually waned in landscape paintings that overtly conveyed nationalistic, philosophical, and religious meanings.— Franklin Kelly It is now easier for French writers to write more overtly about the occupation because their country is now stressing reconciliation, forgiveness for whatever wrongs were done then …— Barbara Probst Solomon

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overtly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtly. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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