connive


connive
con·nive /kə-'nīv/ vt con·nived, con·niv·ing [Latin con(n)ivere to close one's eyes, knowingly overlook something]: to assent knowingly and wrongfully without opposition to another's wrongdoing; specif: to knowingly consent to a spouse's marital misconduct and esp. to adultery

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

connive
I verb act in concert, be a party to, be in collusion with, collude, combine, complot, concert, conspire, cooperate, cooperate with secretly, countermine, counterplot, engineer, in re connivere, intrigue, join forces, join with, machinate, make an agreement with, maneuver, participate, participate surreptitiously, plot, rem dissimulare, scheme II index conspire, contrive, cooperate, maneuver, pettifog, plan, plot, scheme

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • Connive — Con*nive (k[o^]n*n[imac]v ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Connived} ( n[imac]vd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Conniving}.] [L. connivere to shut the eyes, connive, fr. con + (perh.) a word akin to nicere to beckon, nictare to wink.] 1. To open and close the eyes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • connive — ► VERB 1) (connive at/in) secretly allow (a wrongdoing). 2) (often connive with) conspire. DERIVATIVES connivance noun. ORIGIN Latin connivere shut the eyes (to) …   English terms dictionary

  • connive — [kə nīv′] vi. connived, conniving [< L conivere, to wink, connive < com , intens. + base akin to nictare, to wink < IE base * knei gwh , to bend > Goth hneiwan, to bend, bow, OE hnigian, to bow (the head)] 1. to pretend not to see or… …   English World dictionary

  • Connive — Con*nive , v. t. To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see. [R. & Obs.] Divorces were not connived only, but with eye open allowed. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • connive — (v.) c.1600, from L. connivere, also conivere to wink, hence, to wink at (a crime), be secretly privy, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + base akin to nictare to wink, from PIE root *kneigwh (see NICTITATE (Cf. nictitate)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • connive — [v] plot, scheme angle, be in cahoots with*, cabal, cogitate, collude, conspire, contrive, cook up, devise, diddle*, finagle, frame, frame up, intrigue, machinate, operate, promote, wangle, wire, work hand in glove*; concept 36 …   New thesaurus

  • connive — con|nive [kəˈnaıv] v [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: conniver, from [i]Latin connivere to close the eyes, connive ] 1.) to not try to stop something wrong from happening connive at ▪ He would not be the first politician to connive at a shady… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • connive — UK [kəˈnaɪv] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms connive : present tense I/you/we/they connive he/she/it connives present participle conniving past tense connived past participle connived 1) to plan secretly, especially to do something that is… …   English dictionary

  • connive — v. 1) (D; intr.) to connive at; with 2) (E) they connived (with each other) to cheat her * * * [kə naɪv] with (D; intr.) to connive at (E) they connives (with each other) to cheat her …   Combinatory dictionary

  • connive — con|nive [ kə naıv ] verb intransitive 1. ) to plan secretly, especially to do something that is illegal or immoral: connive (with someone) to do something: The officials allegedly connived to take public funds for personal use. 2. ) to ignore… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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