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[oh-vurt-lee, oh-vurt-lee] /oʊˈvɜrt li, ˈoʊ vɜrt li/
openly; publicly.
Origin of overtly
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at overt, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But you pride yourselves also, not so overtly just now, on always refusing to prepare yourselves to keep that word in deed.

  • Do you imagine that he is overtly opposed to the annexation?

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • The worst in fact came while she was thinking how she could retreat and still not overtly recognise.

    The Golden Bowl Henry James
  • This was the first time he had ever overtly spoken of the theatre in his mother's presence.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • Not that he had wilfully and overtly deceived any one; not that he had ever spoken a false word about Chaldicotes.

    Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope
Word Origin and History for overtly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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