- 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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- 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
Word Origin and History for connivingly
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