connivance

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noun con·niv·ance \kə-ˈnī-vən(t)s\

Definition of connivance

  1. :  the act of conniving; especially :  knowledge of and active or passive consent to wrongdoing He stole millions of dollars with the connivance of his partner.

Examples of connivance in a sentence

  1. was able to sneak out at night with the connivance of a camp counselor

Origin and Etymology of connivance

see connive


First Known Use: 1593


Law Dictionary

connivance

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noun con·ni·vance \kə-ˈnī-vəns\

Legal Definition of connivance

  1. :  the act of conniving especially with regard to a spouse's marital misconduct (as adultery); also :  a defense to a charge of marital misconduct in a divorce proceeding — compare condonation



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