Definition of connivance in English:



mass noun
  • Willingness to allow or be secretly involved in an immoral or illegal act.

    ‘this infringement of the law had taken place with the connivance of officials’
    • ‘If they fail to control the situation within three days they should be suspended and, if found guilty of connivance or actual participation, they should be strictly dealt with for the crime.’
    • ‘Although the officials don't admit but the sources reveal that artificial water scarcity is created by the vested interests in connivance with those at the helm of affairs to promote the sale of mineral water.’
    • ‘Contractors in connivance with corrupt officials do shoddy work deliberately, so that they get a fresh contract soon for the job.’
    • ‘That the eight-hour day is now under attack testifies both to the ferocity of the present big business offensive, and to the impotence and connivance of the trade unions and social democrats.’
    • ‘Yet, it is necessary to outlive the inhuman experience of this attempt at genocide with the collaboration and connivance of the state and come to grips with its implications for the future of the Republic.’
    • ‘What this sardonic study of mutual fawning and posturing among the talking heads and editorial sages of Parisian society shows is a system of connivance based at least as much on ideological as material investment in the market.’
    • ‘The complaints of over-charging by the contractors in connivance with the municipal officials and police have been brought to the notice of the authorities but so far no action has been taken.’
    • ‘All this could not be possible without the illegal influence of concerned officials and without active connivance of higher-ups.’
    • ‘During the years the institution has been in the red with its liabilities mounting up and funds and resources swindled by those at its helm in connivance with the bureaucracy and some politicians.’
    • ‘Indeed, given the two main parties' history of self-serving connivance in this perversion of democracy, is it any wonder that increasing numbers of voters feel alienated by politicians?’
    • ‘The naïve values I was raised on - and passed down to my kids, seem less and less relevant in a world of connivance, double dealings, double crossings and double entendres.’
    • ‘Not long ago the prime minister himself let it be known that many of our lawyers are involved in money laundering, with or without police connivance.’
    • ‘Consent and connivance largely overlap with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring, but they may be easier to prove.’
    • ‘Some of the codes will unfold with merely adept connivance, others will swim vigorously into and by circulation inside their own medium.’
    • ‘The culmination of this is the present unfolding catastrophe, which required the moral connivance, in one way or another, of nearly every sector of civil society.’
    • ‘It could even lead to opaque credit allocation practices and connivance between business and political circles, bringing opportunities to the wrong people.’
    • ‘The other difference was that for the first time the inaction, connivance and bias of the police were all on display on television screens in every Indian homes.’
    • ‘Jewish law discerns three different levels of connivance with wrongdoing.’
    • ‘A close scrutiny of these dubious transactions will reveal that there is connivance between unscrupulous employees and these ‘ghost’ suppliers.’
    • ‘This is also opened to abuse with the busiest car crime con being accident faking to in connivance or another innocent driver to get these big pay-offs.’
    collusion, complicity, collaboration, involvement, assistance, abetting
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Late 16th century (also in the Latin sense ‘winking’): from French connivence or Latin conniventia, from connivere ‘shut the eyes (to)’ (see connive).