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overt act

noun \ō-ˈvərt-, ˈō-ˌvərt-\

Legal Definition of overt act

  1. 1 :  an act directed toward another person that indicates an intent to kill or harm and that justifies self-defense

  2. 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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