connivance

noun
con·​niv·​ance | \ kə-ˈnī-vən(t)s How to pronounce connivance (audio) \

Definition of connivance

: 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.

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Examples of connivance in a Sentence

was able to sneak out at night with the connivance of a camp counselor
Recent Examples on the Web In the old days, bride kidnapping, often with the connivance of the bride, was the key to courtship. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yurts, Eagle Hunters and Rugged Solitude in Kyrgyzstan," 12 Oct. 2019 Such dodges work only with the connivance of the courts. The Economist, "India’s judges are ignoring the government’s abuses in Kashmir," 5 Oct. 2019 After exploiting everything and everyone, making millions and, in Epstein’s case, billions, both men died as guests of the nation, with either the abject incompetence or sinister connivance of a government that once coddled them. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeffrey Epstein and ‘Whitey’ Bulger: A tale of two sociopaths," 15 Aug. 2019 The people who elected Mr. Trump are people whose expectations have been raised by the connivance of the market. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Going Home with Wendell Berry," 29 May 2019 In his scenes with Charley, there’s a lifetime of scrounging and connivance reflected in Del’s gimlet eyes. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Lean on Pete' is a tale of a boy and his horse," 6 Apr. 2018 The people who elected Mr. Trump are people whose expectations have been raised by the connivance of the market. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Going Home with Wendell Berry," 29 May 2019 Finally, Albright’s cases reveal a third factor in fascism’s rise: the connivance of conservatives. Sheri Berman, New York Times, "Can It Happen Here? Madeleine Albright Examines Fascism Then and Now," 20 Apr. 2018 In his scenes with Charley, there’s a lifetime of scrounging and connivance reflected in Del’s gimlet eyes. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Lean on Pete' is a tale of a boy and his horse," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of connivance

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for connivance

see connive

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The first known use of connivance was in 1593

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“Connivance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connivance. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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connivance

noun
con·​ni·​vance | \ kə-ˈnī-vəns How to pronounce connivance (audio) \

Legal Definition of connivance

: 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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