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[oh-vurt-lee, oh-vurt-lee]
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  1. openly; publicly.
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Origin of overtly

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at overt, -ly
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Related Words for overtly

certainly, plainly, undoubtedly, obviously, openly, definitely, surely, distinctly, precisely, apparently, evidently, positively, seemingly, officially, clearly, honestly, manifestly, patently, acutely, decidedly

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Contemporary Examples of overtly

Historical Examples of overtly

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

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

    The Regent

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • He waved his hand, and this time quite definitely and overtly wafted a kiss in her direction.

    Mortal Coils

    Aldous Huxley

  • The Germans ate in a room by themselves, so that the obnoxious element was not present overtly at the general table d'hte.

  • It illustrates another side of Maupassant's pessimism—the overtly, but for the most part quietly, tragic.

Word Origin and History for overtly


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

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