Definitions

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  • n. The characteristic of being covert.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Secrecy; privacy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Secrecy; privacy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being covert and hidden

Etymologies

From covert +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In Mr. Ajami's view, Tim Russert (whose testimony contradicted Mr. Libby's) and the American system of justice are untrustworthy, and "the 'covertness' of Mrs. Wilson was never convincingly and fully established."

    Sunday Reading

  • In Mr. Ajami's view, Tim Russert whose testimony contradicted Mr. Libby's and the American system of justice are untrustworthy, and "the 'covertness' of Mrs. Wilson was never convincingly and fully established."

    Sunday, June 17, 2007

  • What we should publicize is that Palin has "executive experience" all right, and she is terrible at it -- cronyism, covertness, unethical behavior, etc.

    NYT: Palin Personally Sought To Ban Book From Library

  • The covertness was not necessary from the Chinese point of view: Chou had offered to receive publicly a representative of Nixon, and the Chinese were, in Kissingers later words, extremely suspicious of our desire for secrecy.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Because no one ended up tried for any IIPA or other secrecy laws violations, there was no court “determination” as to the element of her covertness.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Is John Deutch the Right Person to Comment

  • The legal definition of “covertness” is not ambiguous and the facts relevant to an inquiry into covertness under that definition are fully within the possession of the CIA.

    Matthew Yglesias » Plame Was Covert

  • No, the CIA would not make a referral if covertness was debatable.

    Matthew Yglesias » Plame Was Covert

  • What information would the CIA be in possesion of, as to the facts necessary for a determination of covertness as defined above?

    Matthew Yglesias » Plame Was Covert

  • What is the definition of covertness under the IIPA?

    Matthew Yglesias » Plame Was Covert

  • Of all people, Wolf Blitzer explained just exactly what the Bush White House did by outing Valerie Plame:COLLINS: And remind me, Wolf, there was also quite a bit of discussion about whether or not her identity was very well known in the circles of Washington, D.C., and the level of covertness that she held.

    03/06/2007

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