[ kuh-nahyv ]
/ kəˈnaɪv /
verb (used without object), con·nived, con·niv·ing.
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
Related formscon·niv·er, nouncon·niv·ing·ly, adverbun·con·nived, adjectiveun·con·niv·ing, adjective
Can be confusedconnive conspire
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Will you gentlemen be connivers at the legal lynching of an innocent man?Mountain|Clement Wood
British Dictionary definitions for connivers
/ (kəˈnaɪv) /
to plot together, esp secretly; conspire
(foll by at) law to give assent or encouragement (to the commission of a wrong)
Derived Formsconniver, nounconnivingly, adverb
Word Origin for connive
C17: from French conniver, from Latin connīvēre to blink, hence, leave uncensured; -nīvēre related to nictāre to wink
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