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or connivence

[kuh-nahy-vuh ns] /kəˈnaɪ vəns/
the act of conniving.
  1. tacit encouragement or assent (without participation) to wrongdoing by another.
  2. the consent by a person to a spouse's conduct, especially adultery, that is later made the basis of a divorce proceeding or other complaint.
Origin of connivance
1590-1600; earlier connivence (< F) < Latin connīventia. See connive, -ence, -ance
Related forms
nonconnivance, noun
nonconnivence, noun Unabridged
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  • He, sick at heart at her connivance in the trick, made no reply, but silently took the seat which Clarke indicated.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • If they get into the Invalides it is owing to the connivance of the soldiers.

  • He fancied this would not have happened without her connivance and she seemed graver than usual when he stood by her chair.

    The Impostor Harold Bindloss
  • Detectives were watching her, and they, with the connivance of my father, took them from her.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • It is easy to see how such a system became a highly profitable one for shipmasters and those in connivance with them.

  • The very accusation of connivance with the Medes drove him into their arms.

  • The hired advocate may calumniate as he will, but he can show no collusion or connivance on your part.

  • Her passion for Bothwell had been a delirium, which drove her into connivance with crime.

    The book of the ladies Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme
  • Mr Abington continued to protest his supreme innocence of all knowledge or connivance.

    It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for connivance


the act or fact of conniving
(law) the tacit encouragement of or assent to another's wrongdoing, esp (formerly) of the petitioner in a divorce suit to the respondent's adultery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for connivance

the main modern form of connivence (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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