connivance

[kuh-nahy-vuhns]
noun
1.
the act of conniving.
2.
Law.
a.
tacit encouragement or assent (without participation) to wrongdoing by another.
b.
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.
Also, connivence.


Origin:
1590–1600; earlier connivence (< F) < Latin connīventia. See connive, -ence, -ance

nonconnivance, noun
nonconnivence, noun
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connivance (kəˈnaɪvəns)
 
n
1.  the act or fact of conniving
2.  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

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connivance
the main modern form of connivence (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Both involved presumed corruption and official connivance.
It bears the blame of all the mischief which is done, or supposed to be done, by its authority or by its connivance.
But they have decided, with the connivance of many of their professors, that there is no future in literature.
Details acts of violence, ballot-box fraud, and connivance with area elites.
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