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connive

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verb con·nive \kə-ˈnīv\

Simple Definition of connive

  • : to secretly help someone do something dishonest or illegal

Full Definition of connive

con·nivedcon·niv·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pretend ignorance of or fail to take action against something one ought to oppose <the government connived in the rebels' military buildup>

  3. 2 a :  to be indulgent or in secret sympathy :  wink b :  to cooperate secretly or have a secret understanding

  4. 3 :  conspire, intrigue <accused his opponents of conniving to defeat the proposal>

con·niv·er noun

Examples of connive

  1. <the principal connived at all the school absences that were recorded on the day of the city's celebration of its Super Bowl victory>

  2. <suspects that his coworkers are conniving to get him fired>



Origin of connive

French or Latin; French conniver, from Latin conivēre, connivēre to close the eyes, connive, from com- + -nivēre (akin to nictare to wink); akin to Old English & Old High German hnīgan to bow


First Known Use: 1601



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