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 governmentb : 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.
Recent Examples of conspiracy from the Web
The bank, Varley, and Jenkins each face three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and unlawful financial assistance between May and November 2008 in relation to the British lender’s June and October fundraisings.
Allen has also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, and use of a handgun in a crime of violence and assault, according to police.
Twenty people from Gary were indicted in a federal crack cocaine conspiracy case, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Indiana announced Tuesday.
According to CNN, Former Detective David March, former Patrol Officer Joseph Walsh and Patrol Officer Thomas Gaffney were charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.
Barry Cadden was acquitted of second-degree murder charges under federal racketeering law but convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges.
The lack of information from authorities has opened the door for internet fringe sites that traffic in unfounded political conspiracies.
In exchange for pleading guilty to the felony conspiracy charge in February 1975, the federal government dropped the gambling charge.
U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Former Alabama Representative Oliver Robinson Two of the wire fraud charges brought against Robinson do not relate to the bribery conspiracy.
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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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