connivance

noun con·niv·ance \ kə-ˈnī-vən(t)s \

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.

Examples of connivance in a Sentence

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

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Law Dictionary

connivance

noun con·ni·vance \ kə-ˈnī-vəns \

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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