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[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.
Also, connivence.
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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Examples from the web for connivance
  • 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.
  • In the present case, the purported violation of the separation order was not the product of connivance or collusion.
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
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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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