scheme n1: a combination of elements (as statutes or regulations) that are connected, adjusted, and integrated by design: a systematic plan or programan administrative inspection scheme2: a crafty, unethical, or fraudulent projecta scheme to defraud investors
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
arrangement, cabal, consilium, contrivance, course of action, delineation, design, device, enterprise, machination, maneuver, method, operation, order, organization, plan, plot, policy, procedure, program of action, project, ratio, schedule, stratagem, strategy, subterfuge, system, tactics
associated concepts: conspiracy
arrange, be cunning, cabal, calculate, chart, collude, complot, compose, concoct, connive, conspire, contrive, design, devise, diagram, engineer, excogitate, fabricate, fashion, frame, hatch, have designs, improvise, intrigue, invent, lay a plan, machinate, make arrangements, maneuver, manipulate, map, map out, organize, outline, plan, plot, predesign, predetermine, premeditate, prepare, project, ratio, think ahead, think out, weave a plot, work out, work up
associated concepts: collude, conspire
agenda, arrangement (plan), artifice, avenue (means of attainment), blueprint, cabal, campaign, circumvent, codification, connivance, connive, conspiracy, conspire, contrivance, contrive, course, design (intent), device (contrivance), devise (invent), direction (course), endeavor, enterprise (undertaking), expedient, forethought, form (arrangement), frame (formulate), goal, hoax, intend, intent, machination, maneuver (tactic), maneuver (trick), maneuver, mode, organization (structure), plan (noun), plan (verb), platform, plot (secret plan), plot, ploy, policy (plan of action), practice (procedure), procedure, process (course), program, project, proposal (suggestion), proposition, prospectus, racket, ruse, stratagem, strategy, suggestion, system
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006