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contrivance (kənˈtraɪvəns Pronunciation for contrivance

Definitions

noun

  1. something contrived, esp an ingenious device; contraption
  2. the act or faculty of devising or adapting; inventive skill or ability
  3. an artificial rather than natural selection or arrangement of details, parts, etc
  4. an elaborate or deceitful plan or expedient; stratagem

Example Sentences Including 'contrivance'

It seemed almost contrived, but he had not been part of any contrivance !
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
The drum catapulted and bowled over the Vicar who lay on his back in the middle of the drive with the contrivance on top of him.
Secombe, Fred Goodbye Curate
`I wonder if this is a contrivance of the Enemy,' said Boromir.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)

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