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    Is the construction 'connive at someone's doing something' possible?

    Is the construction 'connive at someone's doing something' possible?
    For example, 'no teachers would connive at students' copying homework'.

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    Re: Is the construction 'connive at someone's doing something' possible?

    Well, my gut reaction is to say no because I have never heard it used that way. I have only heard or used it to mean "to conspire to do something illegal or immoral". However, when I searched OneLook and clicked on the Collins link, I found that the first definition given is the one I am familiar with but it is followed by a second definition: "to give assent or encouragement (to the commission of a wrong)" when it is followed by "at", which fits the construction of your sentence. However, it is marked in Collins as "law" so I would only expect to hear it used in a legal situation.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is the construction 'connive at someone's doing something' possible?

    The Oxford dictionary says it applies to 'something immoral, illegal, or harmful', does it mean 'connive at' can be used not only in legal situations? 'Copying homework' is something immoral.

    Another Oxford dictionary says it applies to 'something wrong', which may include a wide range of bad things.
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    Re: Is the construction 'connive at someone's doing something' possible?

    Hello

    Here is an excerpt of "Down and out in Paris and London" by George Orwell:

    "The sole consolation was that one could smoke; for smoking was connived at so long as one was not caught in the act"

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