connive

[kuh-nahyv]
verb (used without object), connived, conniving.
1.
to cooperate secretly; conspire (often followed by with ): They connived to take over the business.
2.
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.
3.
to be indulgent toward something others oppose or criticize (usually followed by at ): to connive at childlike exaggerations.

Origin:
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.
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connive (kəˈnaɪv)
 
vb
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]
 
con'niver
 
n
 
con'nivingly
 
adv

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connive
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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Example sentences
It is easy to agree that parties should not be allowed to connive or collude to create federal jurisdiction.
Some of the returnees have alleged that immigration officials actively connive with syndicates.
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