overt act

noun
\ ō-ˈvərt-, ˈō-ˌvərt- \

Legal Definition of overt act

1 : an act directed toward another person that indicates an intent to kill or harm and that justifies self-defense
2 : an outward act that is done in furtherance of a conspiracy, of treason, or of the crime of attempt and that is usually a required element of such crimes for conviction even if it is legal in itself

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“Overt act.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/overt%20act. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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