(Con*nex") v. t. [L. connexus, p. p. See Connect.] To connect. Sir M. Hale.

(Con*nex"ion) n. [L. connexio: cf. F. connexion.] Connection. See Connection.

(Con*nex"ive) a. See Connective.

Conning tower
(Con"ning tow"er) n. The shot-proof pilot house of a war vessel.

(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 coöperation.

2. (Law) Corrupt or guilty assent to wrongdoing, not involving actual participation in, but knowledge of, and failure to prevent or oppose it.

Syn. — See Collusion.

(Con*nive") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Connived (- nivd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Conniving.] [L. connivere to shut the eyes, connive, fr. con- + (perh.) a word akin to nicere to beckon, nictare to wink.]

1. To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink. [Obs.]

The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously, and to connive with either eye.

2. To close the eyes upon a fault; to wink (at); to fail or forbear by intention to discover an act; to permit a proceeding, as if not aware of it; — usually followed by at.

To connive at what it does not approve.
Jer. Taylor.

In many of these, the directors were heartily concurring; in most of them, they were encouraging, and sometimes commanding; in all they were conniving.

The government thought it expedient, occasionally, to connive at the violation of this rule.

(Con*nive"), v. t. To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see. [R. & Obs.] "Divorces were not connived only, but with eye open allowed." Milton.

(Con*niv"en*cy) n. Connivance. [Obs.]

(Con*niv"ent) a. [L. connivens, p. pr.]

1. Forbearing to see; designedly inattentive; as, connivent justice. [R.] Milton.

2. (Biol.) Brought close together; arched inward so that the points meet; converging; in close contact; as, the connivent petals of a flower, wings of an insect, or folds of membrane in the human system, etc.

(Con*niv"er) n. One who connives.

(Con`nois*seur") n. [F. connaisseur, formerly connoisseur, fr. connaître to know, fr. L. cognoscere to become acquainted with; co- + noscere, gnoscere, to learn to know. See Know, amd cf. Cognizor.] One well versed in any subject; a skillful or knowing person; a critical judge of any art, particulary of one of the fine arts.

The connoisseur is "one who knows," as opposed to the dilettant, who only "thinks he knows."

(Con`nois*seur"ship) n. State of being a connoisseur.

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