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

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. Unabridged
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connive (kəˈnaɪv)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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."

1783, pp. adj. from connive (q.v.). Earlier in this sense was connivent (1640s).
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Example sentences
She is a conniving and totally ill-prepared administrator who has absolutely no people.
However, his conniving and ill-tempered brother has designs on the throne, and he drugs his sibling shortly before his coronation.
Public opinion would, in all probability, demand the punishment of the conniving or cooperating officers.
Politicians accused him of political trickery and conniving and came up with excuse after excuse.
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