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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Associated with or participating in a questionable act or a crime; having complicity: newspapers complicit with the propaganda arm of a dictatorship.

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  • adj. Associated with or participating in an activity, especially one of a questionable nature.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from complicity.

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Back-formation from complicity, most likely, hence from French complicité, from complice ("partner, accomplice"), from Latin complex, complicem ("partner").

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