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noun, plural com·plic·i·ties.
  1. the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing: complicity in a crime.
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Origin of complicity

1650–60; < Late Latin complic-, stem of complex complice + -ity
Related formscom·plic·i·tous, adjectivenon·com·plic·i·ty, noun, plural non·com·plic·i·ties.


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Examples from the Web for non-complicity

Historical Examples

  • If the slave broke away from his captor, the latter had to swear to his non-complicity in the escape and was then free of blame.

    The Relations between the Laws of Babylonia and the Laws of the Hebrew Peoples

    C. H. W. Johns

British Dictionary definitions for non-complicity


noun plural -ties
  1. the fact or condition of being an accomplice, esp in a criminal act
  2. a less common word for complexity
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Word Origin and History for non-complicity



1650s, from French complicité, from Old French complice "accomplice, comrade, companion" (14c.), from Late Latin complicem, accusative of complex "partner, confederate," from Latin complicare "to fold together" (see complicate; also cf. accomplice).

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