connivance

[kuh-nahy-vuh ns] /kəˈnaɪ vəns/
noun
1.
the act of conniving.
2.
Law.
  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
1590–1600; earlier connivence (< F) < Latin connīventia. See connive, -ence, -ance
Related forms
nonconnivance, noun
nonconnivence, noun
British Dictionary definitions for connivence
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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Word Origin and History for connivence
connivance
the main modern form of connivence (q.v.).
connivence
1590s, from L. conniventia, from conniventem (nom. connivens), prp. of connivere (see connive). Spelling with -a- prevailed after early 18c., but is not etymological.
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