- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM connivancenon·con·niv·ance, nounnon·con·niv·ence, noun
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How to use connivance in a sentence
On Tuesday, Russia called the upsurge in protests “connivance by Western politicians and European structures.”
He fancied this would not have happened without her connivance, and she seemed graver than usual when he stood by her chair.Winston of the Prairie|Harold Bindloss
All our leaders would lose their heads if a single imprudent act allowed their connivance with the queen-mother to be seen.Catherine de' Medici|Honore de Balzac
The darkness was profound for a moment: the lightnings paused—a sort of sinister connivance.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo