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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was able to sneak out at night with the connivance of a camp counselor
Recent Examples on the Web With liberal connivance, indeed, the Supreme Court has in our time become more business-friendly than at any other point in nearly a century. Ryan D. Doerfler, The New Republic, 13 Oct. 2020 Information is mounting about the connivance in all of this. Jay Ambrose, Star Tribune, 6 Oct. 2020 Much of Mr Kabuga’s time was spent there, almost certainly with the connivance of officials. The Economist, 21 May 2020 With the connivance of the board of directors, he was afforded all sorts of corporate perks and huge grants of stock options. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2020 In the old days, bride kidnapping, often with the connivance of the bride, was the key to courtship. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Oct. 2019 Such dodges work only with the connivance of the courts. The Economist, 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,, 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, 29 May 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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