Complicit meaning

kəm-plĭs'ĭt
The definition of complicit is someone who participates in, or associates with people who are involved in, illegal activities.

An example of complicit is a person who's part of a drug dealing cartel.

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Associated with or participating in a questionable act or a crime; having complicity.
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Having or showing complicity; implicated.
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Associated with or participating in an activity, especially one of a questionable nature.
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Origin of complicit

  • Back-formation from complicity
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Back-formation from complicity, most likely, hence from French complicité, from complice (“partner, accomplice"), from Latin complex, complicem (“partner").
    From Wiktionary