verb (used without object), connived, conniving.
to cooperate secretly; conspire (often followed by with ): They connived to take over the business.
to avoid noticing something that one is expected to oppose or condemn; give aid to wrongdoing by forbearing to act or speak (usually followed by at ): The policeman connived at traffic violations.
to be indulgent toward something others oppose or criticize (usually followed by at ): to connive at childlike exaggerations.

1595–1605; (< French conniver) < Latin co(n)nīvēre to close the eyes in sleep, turn a blind eye, equivalent to con- con- + -nīvēre, akin to nictāre to blink (cf. nictitate)

conniver, noun
connivingly, adverb
unconnived, adjective
unconniving, adjective

connive, conspire.

1. plan, plot, collude. Unabridged
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connive (kəˈnaɪv)
1.  to plot together, esp secretly; conspire
2.  (foll by at) law to give assent or encouragement (to the commission of a wrong)
[C17: from French conniver, from Latin connīvēre to blink, hence, leave uncensured; -nīvēre related to nictāre to wink]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. connivere, also conivere "to wink," from com- "together" + base akin to nictare "to wink," from PIE base *knei-gwh- "to bend." Hence, "to wink at (a crime), be secretly privy."
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Computing Dictionary

CONNIVER definition

Artificial intelligence language for automatic theorem proving. An outgrowth of PLANNER, based on coroutines rather than backtracking. Allowed multiple database contexts with hypothetical assertions.
["The CONNIVER Reference Manual", D. McDermott & G.J. Sussman, AI Memo 259, MIT AI Lab, 1973].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
Wally gave no evidence of thinking himself a rough intruder or a devious conniver after my happiness.
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