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Meaning of contrivance by Wiktionary Dictionary



    contrive +‎ -ance


    contrivance ( plural: contrivances )

    1. a ( mechanical ) device to perform a certain task
    2. a means, such as an elaborate plan or strategy, to accomplish a certain objective
    3. something overly artful or artificial

    Usage notes

    See usage note at device .

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    External links

    • contrivance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • contrivance in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of contrivance by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of devising something

    2. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

    3. any improvised arrangement for temporary use

    4. the faculty of contriving

    5. his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem
    6. an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc .

    7. the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable
    8. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

    9. his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track

    Definition of contrivance by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Contrivance n.
      1. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning.

      The machine which we are inspecting demonstrates, by its construction, contrivance and design. Contrivance must have had a contriver. Paley.

      2. The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; artifice; arrangement.

      Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Burke.

      Syn. -- Device; plan; scheme; invention; machine; project; design; artifice; shift. See Device.