overt act
overt act /ō-'vərt-, 'ō-ˌvərt-/ n
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 usu. a required element of such crimes for conviction even if it is legal in itself

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

overt act
noun action, beginnings, commencement, criminal act, dealings, deed, doings, intentional act, maneuver, manifest act, open act, outward act, start associated concepts: conspiracy

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


overt act
n.
In criminal law, an open act done as part of a crime.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


overt act
In criminal law, an action that might be innocent by itself, but when part of the preparation and active furtherance of a crime, is evidence of a defendant's participation in the crime. For example, when the first World Trade Center defendants were put on trial, evidence of their renting a van, buying explosives, obtaining a map of downtown New York City, and going back and forth to the World Trade Center was admitted to establish overt acts that proved their complicity in the bombing.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


overt act
n. An open act; an act indicating an intent to commit a crime.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


overt act
An open, manifest act from which criminality may be implied. An outward act done in pursuance and manifestation of an intent or design.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


overt act
An open, manifest act from which criminality may be implied. An outward act done in pursuance and manifestation of an intent or design.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

overt act
n.
   in criminal law, an action which might be innocent itself but if part of the preparation and active furtherance of a crime, can be introduced as evidence of a defendant's participation in a crime. Example: Rental of a van, purchase of explosives, obtaining a map of downtown New York City and going back and forth to the World Trade Center, could each be considered overt acts as part of the terrorist bombing of that building.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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