- a secret agreement, especially for fraudulent or treacherous purposes; conspiracy: Some of his employees were acting in collusion to rob him.
- Law. a secret understanding between two or more persons to gain something illegally, to defraud another of his or her rights, or to appear as adversaries though in agreement: collusion of husband and wife to obtain a divorce.
Origin of collusion
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1. intrigue, connivance, complicity.
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- secret agreement for a fraudulent purpose; connivance; conspiracy
- a secret agreement between opponents at law in order to obtain a judicial decision for some wrongful or improper purpose
C14: from Latin collūsiō, from collūdere to collude
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Word Origin and History for non-collusion
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