- to cooperate secretly; conspire (often followed by with): They connived to take over the business.
- to avoid noticing something that one is expected to oppose or condemn; give aid to wrongdoing by forbearing to act or speak (usually followed by at): The policeman connived at traffic violations.
- to be indulgent toward something others oppose or criticize (usually followed by at): to connive at childlike exaggerations.
Origin of connive
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1. plan, plot, collude.
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Examples from the Web for connive
The method by which he got the allies to connive at his doings was twofold.Hellenica
They have invented a god of their own who will connive at sin.The Great Commission
C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
Large sums of money were ready to bribe the turnkey to connive at an escape.A Lamp to the Path
W. K. Tweedie
You must not expect an official to connive at an open breach of the ordinances.
It cannot be allowed that Joshua, Samuel, or Ezra, could connive at such a deception.The Bible: what it is
- to plot together, esp secretly; conspire
- (foll by at) law to give assent or encouragement (to the commission of a wrong)
C17: from French conniver, from Latin connīvēre to blink, hence, leave uncensured; -nīvēre related to nictāre to wink
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Word Origin and History for connive
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