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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·nive v. i. [imp. & p. p. Connived p. pr. & vb. n. Conniving.]
 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.   --Spectator.
 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.   --Burke.
    The government thought it expedient, occasionally, to connive at the violation of this rule.   --Macaulay.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end
             [syn: collusive]
      2: used of persons; "the most calculating and selfish men in
         the community" [syn: calculating, calculative, scheming,