Definition of Contrivance

1. Noun. A device or control that is very useful for a particular job.

Exact synonyms: Appliance, Contraption, Convenience, Gadget, Gismo, Gizmo, Widget
Generic synonyms: Device
Specialized synonyms: Gadgetry, Gimbal, Injector, Mod Con
Derivative terms: Convenient, Gadgeteer



2. Noun. The faculty of contriving; inventive skill. "His skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"

3. Noun. An elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade. "His testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
Exact synonyms: Dodge, Stratagem
Generic synonyms: Scheme, Strategy
Specialized synonyms: Plant, Pump-and-dump Scheme, Wangle, Wangling
Derivative terms: Dodgy

4. Noun. An artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.. "The plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"

5. Noun. Any improvised arrangement for temporary use.
Exact synonyms: Lash-up
Specialized synonyms: Patch, Temporary Hookup
Generic synonyms: Arrangement

6. Noun. The act of devising something.
Exact synonyms: Devisal
Generic synonyms: Invention
Derivative terms: Contrive, Devise

Definition of Contrivance

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

Definition of Contrivance

1. Noun. a (mechanical) device to perform a certain task ¹

2. Noun. a means, such as an elaborate plan or strategy, to accomplish a certain objective ¹

3. Noun. something overly artful or artificial ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Contrivance

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contrivance

contributour
contributours
contributress
contributrix
contrist
contristed
contristing
contrists
contrite
contritely
contriteness
contritenesses
contrition
contritions
contrivable
contrivance (current term)
contrivances
contrive
contrived
contrivement
contrivements
contriver
contrivers
contrives
contriving
contro-
control
control-freak
control account
control animal

Literary usage of Contrivance

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1. The Reign of Law by George Douglas Campbell Argyll (1873)
"THE necessity of contrivance for the accomplishment of Purpose arises out of the immutability of Natural Forces. They must be conformed to, and obeyed. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"In conjuring, any mechanical contrivance for the performance of a trick. So also in a show, if, for example, an apparently ordinary ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"They replied to me to get all the evidence рое- 24 How. of her father and mother, and it was attempted by a contrivance as extraordinary in its beginning as ..."

4. Essays, Political, Economical, and Philosophical by Benjamin Rumford (1802)
"An account of a contrivance for preventing metallic STEAM-TUBES from being injured by the alternate ..."

5. The Harleian Miscellany; Or, A Collection of Scarce, Curious, and by William Oldys, John Malham (1810)
"A RELATION OF THE LATE WICKED contrivance OP STEPHEN BLACKHEAD AND ROBERT YOUNG, Against the Lives of several Persons, by forging an Association under their ..."

6. Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday: Garden Delights which are Here Displayed by Alice Morse Earle (1902)
"Unfortunately this contrivance does not show in the illustration. A similar arrangement may be found on a sun-dial at Monaco, where one is gravely told that ..."

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