A secret cooperation in an illegal or wrongful act. As a defense in an action for divorce on the ground of adultery: -a corrupt consent by one spouse that the other shall commit adultery. Giddings v Giddings, 167 Or 504, 114 P2d 1009. A wife is guilty of connivance where, with corrupt intention, she behaves in such a way as to promote or encourage the continuation of an adulterous intercourse started by the husband without any fault on the part of the wife. Woodbury v Woodbury, [1949] Prob 154, [1948] 2 All Eng 684, 17 ALR2d 334.

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