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

  • adj. Acting in secret to achieve a fraudulent, illegal, or deceitful goal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. secretly acting together for a fraudulent or illegal purpose

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by collusion; done or planned in collusion.
  • adj. Acting in collusion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fraudulently concerted or secretly entered into between two or more: as, a collusive arrangement. See collusion, 2.
  • Acting in collusion.

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

  • adj. acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end


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  • The targets have ranged from banks to accounting firms, and in some cases the measures have zeroed in on precisely the kind of collusive bid-rigging that long characterized Japan's corrupt "iron triangle" -- the cozy relationships between bureaucrats, businessmen and politicians.

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  • Avid cyclist Marica Marais, who participated in this year's Cape Argus Cycle Tour, said cyclists put great trust in the firms that sold bicycles in South Africa and that she was angered by the "allegation that there had been some kind of collusive behaviour".

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  • But what I think of when I fill out my personal ballot is that there are probably one or two that actually count that look like mine; that we can't just discount the Academy as some kind of collusive organization that meets secretly to decide who gets nominated and who wins.

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  • We need good safety programs in Canada to protect workers from accidents, but I did not sign up to a member of a union, and I’m not going to be dragged down into some kind of collusive governmental-unionized regulatory control of the privatized industry.

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  • "collusive" agreements, and unveiled a new button on its website.

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  • The Commission says the overflight fees are "both a blatant breach of international law and in contradiction with EU competition law" because carriers must strike exclusive commercial agreements with Aeroflot that the Commission says are collusive.

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  • But are we sure that these sorts of collusive contracts are illegal?

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  • The NFL could unilaterally institute its final offer to the union -- in that case what the clubs would pay players on what used to be called the "taxi" squads -- without having to worry about the implications of the antitrust laws, which would have made the collusive decision of the owners a clear violation of law.

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  • This week, a spokeswoman for the agency said it was investigating alleged collusive conduct into the setting of yen interbank lending rates.

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  • The court-appointed trustee overseeing the liquidation of Thornburg Mortgage Inc. is suing some of Wall Street's biggest banks—including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.—for $2.2 billion, alleging they engaged in series of "collusive" and "predatory" schemes that eventually drove Thornburg into bankruptcy.

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