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.

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Synonyms for connivance

Synonyms

collusion, complicity, conspiracy

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Examples of connivance in a Sentence

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

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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 The ability to cram such sheer connivance into every sentence must have been what first attracted Trump to his son-in-law. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "This Is How Kushner Operates," 24 July 2017

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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

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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