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complicitous (comparative more complicitous, superlative most complicitous)

  1. Complicit.
    • 1959, "Developments in the Law: Criminal Conspiracy," Harvard Law Review, vol. 72, no. 5, p. 994:
      In still other cases in which courts have spoken of a conspirator's responsibility for another's acts, the facts clearly show a complicitous relationship.
    • 2005, Ilan Kapoor, "Participatory Development, Complicity and Desire," Third World Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 8, p. 1215:
      This is why it is too easy and convenient to blame contemporary empire building on transnational corporations or the Bush/Blair administrations alone; the latter may well be more powerfully complicitous, but this is no reason for us to claim innocence and neutrality.


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.