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[oh-vurt-lee, oh-vurt-lee] /oʊˈvɜrt li, ˈoʊ vɜrt li/
openly; publicly.
1275-1325; Middle English; see overt, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • My untenured office mate several years ago had a situation in which she was overtly pressured by a coach.
  • overtly political plays were considered outdated and unfashionable.
  • Gee, let's support our case by referencing overtly biased, agenda-pushing sources.
  • Her reaction was so overtly prudent it sent the others into an unprecedented panic.
  • Virus writers often use their creations to make a point, but few are overtly political.
  • One lashes out deceptively from any side of the baseline, the other overtly attacks the net.
  • Though not overtly about suicide, this poem concerns the precarious balance of living.
  • But the commission dare not overtly encourage regionalist ambitions, for fear of antagonising powerful member governments.
  • And in turn that allows the adults involved to demonstrate rather than order or overtly teach.
  • Both cases have been time consuming, non-transparent and at times overtly politicised.
Word Origin and History for overtly

early 14c., from overt + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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