- the act of conniving.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for connivance
On Tuesday, Russia called the upsurge in protests “connivance by Western politicians and European structures.”Up to Speed: What’s Going on in Ukraine?
February 19, 2014
Detectives were watching her, and they, with the connivance of my father, took them from her.The Grell Mystery
Concealment was undoubtedly practised, and perhaps often with connivance.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
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
He would protest his innocence of all fraud or connivance at fraud.Reginald Cruden
Talbot Baines Reed
The very accusation of connivance with the Medes drove him into their arms.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
- the act or fact of conniving
- law the tacit encouragement of or assent to another's wrongdoing, esp (formerly) of the petitioner in a divorce suit to the respondent's adultery
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Word Origin and History for connivance
the main modern form of connivence (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper