Etymology
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conniving (adj.)

"willfully blind or tolerant," 1783, present-participle adjective from connive. Earlier in this sense was connivent.

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Definitions of conniving

conniving (adj.)
acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end;
Synonyms: collusive
conniving (adj.)
acting with a specific goal;
Synonyms: calculating / calculative / scheming / shrewd
From wordnet.princeton.edu