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Etymology is interesting and useful, but it does not always explain the current definition of a word. Although the source of complicit is silent about the nature of the complicity, our present definition requires complicity to be toward nefarious acts. If one is peripherally involved in the commission of a good deed, he/she is not complicit to the action. It is not ours to reason why, it is but ours to accept what the dictionaries say. Well, not always. We can march to the beat of a different drummer, but we risk being out of step with the total system. If your drummer tells you that complicity can be applied to good actions, by all means try using it that way. Don’t be surprised, though, when the world does not understand you.
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William Hupy wrote:Shouldn't this word render down to "with" and "legitimate"?
Why do you think it should? What I've seen is that the "plicit" here comes from folded.
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Related to accomplice. The folding implies togetherness and comradeship. Accomplice and complicity are technically neutral, but tend in us to refer to criminal activity though often used humorously.
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