connivance

or con·niv·ence

[ kuh-nahy-vuh ns ]
/ kəˈnaɪ vəns /

noun

the act of conniving.
Law.
  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.

Origin of connivance

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

Related forms

non·con·niv·ance, nounnon·con·niv·ence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for connivence

connivance

/ (kəˈnaɪvəns) /

noun

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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