collusion

noun
col·​lu·​sion | \kə-ˈlü-zhən \

Definition of collusion 

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

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Other Words from collusion

collusive \ kə-​ˈlü-​siv , -​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

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Third, and most consequential to the NFL, the disinvitation fits the theory of collusion advanced by Colin Kaepernick’s attorneys, Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why White House Rescinding Invitation to Eagles Could Boost Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Case," 4 June 2018 Kaepernick was not signed after opting out of his contract with the 49ers and filed a grievance accusing teams of collusion. Reid Laymance, Houston Chronicle, "Texans owner Bob McNair says NFL fields not place for political statements," 25 Mar. 2018 That's piled on top of the evening news dump Monday in which Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee declared their investigation of Russian collusion over without telling their Democratic colleagues. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Did Roger Stone Collude?," 13 Mar. 2018 Trump has consistently said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Visiting the London wine bar that popped the cork on the Trump investigation," 22 June 2018 Trump and his allies have said the meetings were inconsequential, and there was no collusion. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign," 17 June 2018 President Trump has been all but charged with collusion in this indictment. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller’s New Indictment Points to Collusion With Russia," 13 July 2018 Democrats say that Republicans are focusing on Strzok and Page in an effort to undermine Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "FBI agent Peter Strzok: My personal opinion of Trump did not affect my work," 12 July 2018 Manafort has repeatedly declared his intention to fight the charges in both jurisdictions, with his lawyers saying that he is being wrongly prosecuted for financial activities that have nothing to do with collusion to affect the election. Anchorage Daily News, "Paul Manafort ordered to jail after witness-tampering charges," 15 June 2018

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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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collusion

noun

Financial Definition of collusion

What It Is

Collusion, also known as price rigging or price fixing,  occurs when several individuals and/or businesses agree to set the price for something.

How It Works

For example, let’s assume that there are four major cable providers in the U.S. The four companies meet secretly and agree not to compete with one another for customers in certain geographic areas of the country. To accomplish this, they agree on which of the four providers will "get" each territory by offering the best price or service in that territory. The other three firms agree to not offer a lower price in that territory. In return, each of the three other firms get their own territory with the same agreement. By doing this, the four providers ensure that no other competitors will enter the markets, thereby preserving their profits and territories as a whole.

In the stock market, traders with inside information might collude on trades in order to benefit from the inside information.

Why It Matters

Collusion is illegal because it interferes with the natural market forces of supply and demand and harms consumers by inhibiting competition.

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collusion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of collusion

: secret cooperation for an illegal or dishonest purpose

collusion

noun
col·​lu·​sion | \kə-ˈlü-zhən \

Legal Definition of collusion 

: the act or an instance of colluding

Other Words from collusion

collusive \ -​siv \ adjective

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