- tacit encouragement or assent (without participation) to wrongdoing by another.
- the consent by a person to a spouse's conduct, especially adultery, that is later made the basis of a divorce proceeding or other complaint.
Origin of connivance
Related formsnon·con·niv·ance, nounnon·con·niv·ence, noun
Examples from the Web for connivance
On Tuesday, Russia called the upsurge in protests “connivance by Western politicians and European structures.”
It was not arrived at by connivance all round, though there was a look of it.Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
If they get into the Invalides it is owing to the connivance of the soldiers.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
Even when elected by the connivance of government officials, the chief magistrate governed in accordance with republican forms.The Hispanic Nations of the New World|William R. Shepherd