complicit

adjective com·plic·it \ kəm-ˈpli-sət \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of complicit

: helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way
  • He was complicit in the cover-up.

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COMPLICIT Defined for English Language Learners

complicit

adjective

Definition of complicit for English Language Learners

  • : helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way


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