Definition of connivance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəˈnaɪvəns//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈnaɪvəns//
[uncountable] (disapproving)
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help in doing something wrong; the failure to stop something wrong from happening The crime was committed with the connivance of a police officer. Word Originlate 16th cent. (also in the Latin sense ‘winking’): from French connivence or Latin conniventia, from connivere ‘shut the eyes (to)’, from con- ‘together’ + an unrecorded word related to nictare ‘to wink’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: connivance