or con·niv·ence

[ kuh-nahy-vuh ns ]
/ kəˈnaɪ vəns /


the act of conniving.
  1. tacit encouragement or assent (without participation) to wrongdoing by another.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. connex,
  2. connexion,
  3. connie,
  4. conning tower,
  5. conniption,
  6. connive,
  7. connivence,
  8. connivent,
  9. connivery,
  10. conniving

Origin of connivance

1590–1600; earlier connivence (< F) < Latin connīventia. See connive, -ence, -ance

Related formsnon·con·niv·ance, nounnon·con·niv·ence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for connivance


/ (kəˈnaɪvəns) /


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.).

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