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- to cooperate with others secretly in order to commit a crime; to collude
- to plot or scheme
- to pretend to be ignorant of something in order to escape blame
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Con*nive" (k&obreve;n*nīv"), v.
i. [imp. & p. p. Connived (-
nīvd"); 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 rapidly; to wink. [Obs.]
The artist is to teach them how to nod
judiciously, and to connive with either eye.
2. To close the eyes upon a fault; to
wink (at); to fail or forbear by intention to discover an act; to
permit a proceeding, as if not aware of it; -- usually followed
To connive at what it does not approve.
In many of these, the directors were heartily
concurring; in most of them, they were encouraging, and sometimes
commanding; in all they were conniving.
The government thought it expedient, occasionally,
to connive at the violation of this rule.
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
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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