col·​lu·​sion | \ kə-ˈlü-zhən How to pronounce collusion (audio) \

Definition of collusion

: secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose acting in collusion with the enemy

Other Words from collusion

collusive \ kə-​ˈlü-​siv How to pronounce collusion (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective
collusively adverb

Examples of collusion in a Sentence

The company was acting in collusion with manufacturers to inflate prices. there was collusion between the two companies to fix prices
Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, Pence hired Cullen to represent him in both congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation then investigating possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 Competition among such insurers will ensure that collusion between a company and the insurer is less likely. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Libertarians like Senator Paul well know the dangers of collusion between big government and big business. Nate Hochman, National Review, 16 Oct. 2021 Sedition is not among the offenses listed under the sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing on the city in June 2020 that punishes terrorism, collusion with foreign forces, subversion and secession with possible life imprisonment. NBC News, 29 Dec. 2021 And the regulators seem to be in collusion by hiding the true data and parsing it out to the public in differing metrics. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Dec. 2021 The security law, which outlaws secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign collusion to intervene in the city’s affairs, was imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong following months of anti-government protests in 2019. NBC News, 22 Dec. 2021 In recent years, China has cracked down on content under a 2020 National Security Law that criminalized acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 29 Nov. 2021 That’s because the National Security Law, which bans subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, asserts global jurisdiction. Variety Staff, Variety, 28 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of collusion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collusion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin collusion-, collusio, from colludere — see collude

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English Language Learners Definition of collusion

: secret cooperation for an illegal or dishonest purpose


col·​lu·​sion | \ kə-ˈlü-zhən How to pronounce collusion (audio) \

Legal Definition of collusion

: the act or an instance of colluding

Other Words from collusion

collusive \ -​siv How to pronounce collusion (audio) \ adjective

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