open 1 adj
1: exposed to general view or knowledge: free from concealment
an open, notorious, continuous, and adverse use of the property
an open and obvious danger
◇ When a defect, hazard, or condition is open such that a reasonable person under the circumstances should have recognized the danger posed by it, a defendant is usu. relieved of liability for failure to warn.
2: not restricted to a particular group or category of participants; specif: enterable by a registered voter regardless of political affiliation
an open primary
3 a: being in effect or operation
an open mine
a bench warrant still open
b: available for use
an open toll road
c: not finally determined, decided, or settled: subject to further consideration
an open question
d: remaining effective or available for use until canceled
an open insurance contract
4: not repressed or regulated by legal controls
a state with open gambling
open 2 vb opened, open·ing
1: to begin the process of
open the succession
2 a: to make the statement by which the trial of (a case) is begun and put before the court
b: to be the first to speak in summing up or arguing (a case)
3: to restore or recall (as an order, rule, or judgment) from a finally determined state to a state in which the parties are free to prosecute or oppose by further proceedings
1: to begin action: commence on some course or activity
the stock open ed at par
2: to begin the trial of a case
defendant...has the option of presenting an opening statement immediately after plaintiff open s — J. H. Friedenthal et al.

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

I (accessible) adjective allowable, allowed, approachable, attainable, available, defenseless, fit for travel, free of access, free to all, insecure, navigable, obtainable, patere, permitted, pregnable, procurable, public, reachable, securable, susceptible, unbarred, unblocked, undefended, unenclosed, unfenced, unfortified, unguarded, unlocked, unobstructed, unoccupied, unrestricted, unsealed, unshielded, vacated, vulnerable, within reach associated concepts: open account, open market, open shop II (in sight) adjective apertus, apparent, bare, beholdable, blatant, clarus, clear, conspicuous, discernible, discoverable, distinct, evident, exposed, exposed to view, eye-catching, glaring, in full view, manifest, manifestus, marked, noticeable, observable, obvious, outstanding, overt, patent, perceivable, perceptible, perspicuous, plain, prominent, pronounced, recognizable, revealed, salient, seeable, striking, transparent, unclouded, unconcealed, uncovered, undisguised, unhidden, unmistakable, unobstructed, unprotected, unsecluded, unsheltered, unshielded, visible associated concepts: open and notorious possession, open court III (persuasible) adjective acquiescent, amenable, apertus, candidus, flexible, impressible, impressionable, inducible, influenceable, malleable, movable, open-minded, persuadable, pervious, receptive, respondent, responsive, sensitive, simplex, suasible, suggestible, susceptible, swayable, sympathetic, tractable IV (unclosed) adjective adapertus, agape, ajar, coverless, dehiscent, gaping, lidless, patens, patulous, patulus, spacious, spread out, unclogged, uncorked, uncovered, unfastened, unfurled, unlatched, unlocked, unsealed, unshut, unstoppered, wide, yawning V index aleatory (uncertain), apparent (perceptible), available, bare, bona fide, break (separate), candid, commence, conspicuous, denude, direct (forthright), equivocal, establish (launch), evident, explicit, flagrant, generate, honest, impartial, indeterminate, ingenuous, initiate, launch (initiate), liberal (broad minded), liberal (not literal), manifest (adjective), manifest (verb), naive, naked (perceptible), obvious, open-minded, originate, outstanding (unresolved), overt, passable, patent, penetrable, perceivable, perceptible, preface, pullulate, receptive, reveal, scrutable, simple, split, spread, straightforward, suasible, subject (exposed), susceptible (unresisted), unaffected (sincere), unbiased, undecided, unmistakable, unprejudiced, unrestricted, unsettled, vacant, vulnerable

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To allow access to something.
(2) To create or establish, e.g. a business, bank account, or legal case.
(3) To begin a trial.
(1) Visible; frank; not hidden or secretive.
(2) Allowing access; not closed.

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

1 Free from concealment; readily viewable by the public; unobstructed.
2 Apparent; notorious.
3 Not closed, or final; still under consideration.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

To make accessible, visible, or available; to submit to review, examination, or inquiry through the elimination of restrictions or impediments.

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

To make accessible, visible, or available; to submit to review, examination, or inquiry through the elimination of restrictions or impediments.

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

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