connivance
con·ni·vance /kə-'nī-vəns/ n: the act of conniving esp. with regard to a spouse's marital misconduct (as adultery); also: a defense to a charge of marital misconduct in a divorce proceeding compare condonation

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

connivance
I noun act of maneuvering, act of scheming, alliance, association, chicanery, coagency, coincidence, collaboration, collusion, combined operation, complicity, complot, concert, concord, concurrence, concurrent opinion, confederacy, conjunction, conspiracy, contrivance, cooperation, corrupt agreement, corrupt collusion, corrupt consent, corrupt consenting, corrupt cooperation, implied assent, indulgentia, intrigue, joint effort, joint planning, junction, league, liaison, machination, manipulation, participation, plot, scheme, secret approval, underhand participation, underhanded complicity, underplot, voluntary oversight, working together associated concepts: connivance as a defense to a divorce II index artifice, bad faith, bribery, cabal, collusion, confederacy (conspiracy), conspiracy, contrivance

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


connivance
1) Ignoring another person's wrongdoing, for example, by indirectly condoning an illegal act by another person.
2) In family law, a (somewhat archaic) defense that says that a person making claims against a spouse connived in the spouse's bad behavior. For example, a husband who invites his wife's lover along on vacation may have connived in her adultery, and if he tried to gain an advantage in the divorce as a result, she could assert his connivance as a defense.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


connivance
1 n. The assent to, encouragement of, or promotion of another's wrongdoing by silence or feigned ignorance.
See also conspiracy.
2 v. To be in collusion with another person.
See also conspiracy.
3 n. In family law, the consent by one spouse of the other spouse's improper conduct (such as adultery), either in advance of the conduct or while it is occurring, when that wrongful conduct is a potential ground for divorce.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


connivance
The furtive consent of one person to cooperate with another in the commission of an unlawful act or crime—such as an employer's agreement not to withhold taxes from the salary of an employee who wants to evade federal income tax. The false consent that a plaintiff gave to a defendant's past conduct during their marriage which the plaintiff presently alleges as a ground for divorce.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


connivance
The furtive consent of one person to cooperate with another in the commission of an unlawful act or crime—such as an employer's agreement not to withhold taxes from the salary of an employee who wants to evade federal income tax. The false consent that a plaintiff gave to a defendant's past conduct during their marriage which the plaintiff presently alleges as a ground for divorce.

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  • Connivance — Con*niv ance, n. [Cf. F. connivence, L. conniventia.] 1. Intentional failure or forbearance to discover a fault or wrongdoing; voluntary oversight; passive consent or co[ o]peration. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) Corrupt or guilty assent to wrongdoing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • connivance — the main modern form of CONNIVENCE (Cf. connivence) (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • connivance — [kə nī′vəns] n. [Fr connivence < L coniventia, < prp. of conivere: see CONNIVE] 1. the act of conniving 2. passive cooperation, as by consent or pretended ignorance, esp. in wrongdoing …   English World dictionary

  • connivance — [[t]kəna͟ɪv(ə)ns[/t]] N UNCOUNT: usu with supp, oft with the N of n (disapproval) Connivance is a willingness to allow or assist something to happen even though you know it is wrong. It was stolen by Odysseus, with the connivance of Helen... The… …   English dictionary

  • connivance — n. 1 (often foll. by at, in) conniving (connivance in the crime). 2 tacit permission (done with his connivance). Etymology: F connivence or L conniventia (as connive) * * * connivance, ancy see connivence, ency …   Useful english dictionary

  • Connivance — A legal finding of connivance may be made when an accuser has assisted in the act about which they are complaining. In some legal jurisdictions, and for certain behaviors, it may prevent the accuser from prevailing. For example, if someone were… …   Wikipedia

  • connivance — See collusion. See collusion, connivance …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • connivance — A secret cooperation in an illegal or wrongful act. As a defense in an action for divorce on the ground of adultery: a corrupt consent by one spouse that the other shall commit adultery. Giddings v Giddings, 167 Or 504, 114 P2d 1009. A wife is… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • connivance — connive ► VERB 1) (connive at/in) secretly allow (a wrongdoing). 2) (often connive with) conspire. DERIVATIVES connivance noun. ORIGIN Latin connivere shut the eyes (to) …   English terms dictionary

  • connivance — noun Date: 1593 the act of conniving; especially knowledge of and active or passive consent to wrongdoing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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