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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Associated with or participating in a questionable act or a crime; having complicity: newspapers complicit with the propaganda arm of a dictatorship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Associated with or participating in an activity, especially one of a questionable nature.

Etymologies

Back-formation from complicity.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from complicity, most likely, hence from French complicité, from complice ("partner, accomplice"), from Latin complex, complicem ("partner"). (Wiktionary)

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