Definition of conspiracy
1 : the act of conspiring together <They were accused of conspiracy to commit murder.>
2a : an agreement among conspirators <uncovered a conspiracy against the government>b : a group of conspirators <a conspiracy made up of disgruntled aristocrats>
Examples of conspiracy in a sentence
The CIA uncovered a conspiracy against the government.
They were accused of conspiracy to commit murder.
Origin and Etymology of conspiracy
Middle English conspiracie, from Latin conspirare —see conspire
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of conspiracy
CONSPIRACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conspiracy for English Language Learners
: a secret plan made by two or more people to do something that is harmful or illegal
: the act of secretly planning to do something that is harmful or illegal
CONSPIRACY Defined for Kids
Definition of conspiracy for Students
1 : a secret agreement to do something harmful or unlawful
2 : the act of plotting with others to do something harmful or unlawful
3 : a group of conspirators
Legal Definition of conspiracy
1 : an agreement between two or more people to commit an act prohibited by law or to commit a lawful act by means prohibited by law; also : the crime or tort of participating in a conspiracy — compare substantive crime Editor's note: Some states require an overt act in addition to the agreement to constitute conspiracy. chain conspiracy : a conspiracy in which the conspirators act separately and successively (as in distributing narcotics) civil conspiracy : a conspiracy that is not prosecuted as a crime but that forms the grounds for a lawsuit criminal conspiracy : a conspiracy prosecuted as a crime
2 : a group of conspirators
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