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

  • n. The act of conniving.
  • n. Law Knowledge of and tacit consent to the commission of an illegal act by another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of conniving.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Intentional failure or forbearance to discover a fault or wrongdoing; voluntary oversight; passive consent or coöperation.
  • n. Corrupt or guilty assent to wrongdoing, not involving actual participation in, but knowledge of, and failure to prevent or oppose it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of conniving, tacitly permitting, or indirectly aiding; collusion by withholding condemnation or exposure; tacit or implied encouragement, especially of wrong-doing.
  • n. In the law of divorce, specifically, the corrupt consenting of a married person to that conduct in the spouse of which complaint is afterward made.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. agreement on a secret plot
  • n. (law) tacit approval of someone's wrongdoing

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