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connive

[kuh-nahyv] /kəˈnaɪv/
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
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)
Related forms
conniver, noun
connivingly, adverb
unconnived, adjective
unconniving, adjective
Can be confused
connive, conspire.
Synonyms
1. plan, plot, collude.
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connive

/kəˈnaɪv/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to plot together, esp secretly; conspire
2.
(foll by at) (law) to give assent or encouragement (to the commission of a wrong)
Derived Forms
conniver, noun
connivingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French conniver, from Latin connīvēre to blink, hence, leave uncensured; -nīvēre related to nictāre to wink
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Word Origin and History for un conniving

connive

v.

c.1600, from Latin connivere, also conivere "to wink," hence, "to wink at (a crime), be secretly privy," from com- "together" (see com-) + base akin to nictare "to wink," from PIE root *kneigwh- (see nictitate). Related: Connived; conniving.

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