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Definition of "collusive" [col•lu•sive]

  • Acting in secret to achieve a fraudulent, illegal, or deceitful goal. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "collusive" in a sentence
  • "The targets have ranged from banks to accounting firms, and in some cases the measures have zeroed in on precisely the kind of collusive bid-rigging that long characterized Japan's corrupt "iron triangle" -- the cozy relationships between bureaucrats, businessmen and politicians."
  • "Avid cyclist Marica Marais, who participated in this year's Cape Argus Cycle Tour, said cyclists put great trust in the firms that sold bicycles in South Africa and that she was angered by the "allegation that there had been some kind of collusive behaviour"."
  • "But what I think of when I fill out my personal ballot is that there are probably one or two that actually count that look like mine; that we can't just discount the Academy as some kind of collusive organization that meets secretly to decide who gets nominated and who wins."