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Definitions for complicity
kəmˈplɪs ɪ ticom·plic·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complicitynoun

    guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense


  1. complicitynoun

    The state of being complicit; involvement as a partner or accomplice, especially in a crime or other wrongdoing.

  2. complicitynoun



  1. Complicity

    Complicity is the participation in a completed criminal act of an accomplice, a partner in the crime who aids or encourages (abets) other perpetrators of that crime, and who shared with them an intent to act to complete the crime.: 725–804  A person is an accomplice of another person in the commission of a crime if they purpose the completion of a crime, and toward that end, if that person solicits or encourages the other person, or aids or attempts to aid in planning or committing the crime, or has legal duty to prevent that crime but fails to make an effort to prevent it properly.Unlike attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy, which are crimes in and of themselves, complicity is not itself a crime but is a way of committing a crime.: 725  It also differs from an attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy in that it always depends on that crime having been completed (i.e., it is never inchoate.: 725 ). Complicity does not require causation of the crime, merely participating in the commission of the crime. In cases where one is complicit because of a failure to act when one has a duty to act to prevent a crime, complicity differs from omission in that liability for complicity arises from the related to other perpetrators, whereas liability for omission arises from a duty relationship to the victim.: 725 Common law traditionally distinguished between a "principal" perpetrator who is primarily responsible for a crime and an "accessory" perpetrator who is less responsible. However, modern approaches abandon this distinction, and "a person is legally accountable for the conduct of another when he is an accomplice of the other person in the commission of the crime".For two persons to be complicit in a crime that does not involve negligence, they must share the same criminal intent; "there must be a community of purpose, partnership in the unlawful undertaking".: 731  An accomplice "is a partner in the crime, the chief ingredient of which is always intent".: 731  In crimes not involving negligence, there should be evidence that an accomplice had knowledge of the intention of their partner.: 731 


  1. complicity

    Complicity refers to the involvement or participation in a wrongful, illegal or unethical act, either directly or indirectly. This could include aiding or abetting someone else to commit the act.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complicitynoun

    the state of being an accomplice; participation in guilt

  2. Etymology: [F. complicit.]


  1. Complicity

    Complicity is a novel by Scottish author Iain Banks. It was published in 1993.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Complicity

    Association with or participation in an act that is, or is perceived to be, criminal or immoral. One is complicitous when one promotes or unduly benefits from practices or institutions that are morally or legally suspect.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complicity in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complicity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of complicity in a Sentence

  1. Ron Kim:

    There is no measure left to hide the truth: the governor broke the law so we must hold him accountable, when institutions fail to believe victims, allow predators to act with impunity, or fail to put policies of protection in place, it sends a strong signal that condones this type of unacceptable behavior. We cannot afford to ignore his transgressions any longer: doing so will erode the integrity of our legislative body and demonstrate complicity in sheltering a sexual predator.

  2. New York:

    She talked about her sorrow, her complicity and why she did it, i found it very impressive overall.

  3. That Democrat:

    There are concerns about the gun-toting members, but also we don't know who they're going to bring to the inauguration who can bypass the metal detectors, until there's an investigation and until we understand our colleagues' level of complicity in the attack we don't know how involved they really were. Until we have answers I don't think we should trust them -- not all of them of course, but some of them.

  4. Ry Cooder:

    Music creates complicity, and then you feel less isolated.

  5. Gustavo Izurieta:

    There was a very strong complicity between the previous governments that were quite close to these leftist movements financed by drug trafficking.

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