- something contrived, esp an ingenious device; contraption
- the act or faculty of devising or adapting; inventive skill or ability
- an artificial rather than natural selection or arrangement of details, parts, etc
- an elaborate or deceitful plan or expedient; stratagem
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Word usage trends for “contrivance”
Example Sentences Including 'contrivance'
`I wonder if this is a contrivance of the Enemy,' said Boromir.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
It seemed almost contrived, but he had not been part of any contrivance !
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.