Legal Definition and Related Resources of Connivance

Meaning of Connivance

The act of being secretly privy to or knowingly , willingly or recklessly allowing the commission of an unlawful or immoral act. The act of being secretly privy or accessory to breaches of law. In divorce actions, denotes the plaintiffs corrupt consent , express or implied , to an offense charged against the defendant as where , a plaintiff husband’s quick divorce on the ground of his wife’s adultery , involves active or passive approval or consent to the wife’s adultery or his creating a condition by placing her in the company of lewd persons or by deserting her by the sense of putting her on the street without any adequate support . See Benson v Benson, (Fla.App.) 102 So.2d 748.

Connivance Alternative Definition

An agreement or consent, indirectly given, that something unlawful shall be done by another. A married party’s corrupt consenting to evil conduct, of which afterwards he complains. 2 Bish. Mar. & Div. § 203. Connivance differs from condonation, though the same legal consequences may attend it. Connivance necessarily involves criminality on the part of the individual who connives; condonation may take place without imputing the slightest blame to the party who forgives the injury. Connivance must be the act of the ioimd before the offense has been committed; condonation is the result of a determination to forgive an injury which was not knovni until after it was inflicted. 3 Hagg. Ecc. 350. An error of judgment not involving a willingness to have the delinquency committed is not connivance. 10 Jur. 829. Nor is a watching of the guilty parties, without interference. 109 Mass. 408.

Synonyms of Connivance


  • 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

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English Legal System: Connivance

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Connivance :

Behaviour of a person designed to cause his or her spouse to commit a matrimonial offence, such as adultery. Connivance is no longer an absolute bar to divorce, but may still be evidence that the marriage has not irretrievably broken dow



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