Conspiracy meaning

kən-spîr'ə-sē
An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
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An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
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The definition of a conspiracy is a secret plan to do something, or is the action of creating a secret plot.

A secret plan to overthrow the government is an example of a conspiracy.

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A group of conspirators.
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A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design.

A conspiracy of wind and tide that devastated coastal areas.

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A planning and acting together secretly, esp. for an unlawful or harmful purpose, such as murder or treason.
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The plan agreed on; plot.
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The group taking part in such a plan.
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A combining or working together.

The conspiracy of events.

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An agreement or combination by two or more individuals to commit a crime or to commit a lawful act by unlawful means. Making the agreement is a crime, even if the unlawful act that is planned is never performed, but most states require overt action by one of the conspirators to further the conspiracy before the making of the agreement becomes criminal. A conspiracy to harm someone is also a tort. Also called partnership in crime. See also tortfeasor, concert of action rule, accessory, accomplice, aid and abet, attempt, connivance, conscious parallelism, and solicitation.
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Two or more individuals acting together to commit a crime or to commit a lawful act by unlawful means even if they are not aware of each other’s participation or role in the conspiracy. For example, Smith and Jones prepare to commit a crime. Jones enlists Adam’s help. Even though Adams and Smith are unaware of each other’s participation, there is a conspiracy between the two to commit the crime and they will be held liable for each other’s actions.
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The act of two or more persons, called conspirators, working secretly to obtain some goal, usually understood with negative connotations.
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(law) An agreement between two or more persons to break the law at some time in the future.
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A group of ravens.
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(linguistics) A situation in which different phonological or grammatical rules lead to similar or related outcomes.
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Origin of conspiracy

  • Middle English conspiracie from Anglo-Norman probably alteration of Old French conspiration from Latin cōnspīrātiō cōnspīrātiōn- from cōnspīrātus past participle of cōnspīrāre to conspire conspire
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman and Old French conspiracie, from Latin conspiratio.
    From Wiktionary