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contrivance

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noun con·triv·ance \kən-ˈtrī-vən(t)s\

Simple Definition of contrivance

  • : something that causes things to happen in a story in a way that does not seem natural or believable

  • : the use of contrivances in a story

  • : a machine or piece of equipment made with skill and cleverness

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contrivance

  1. 1 a :  a thing contrived; especially :  a mechanical device b :  an artificial arrangement or development

  2. 2 :  the act or faculty of contriving :  the state of being contrived

Examples of contrivance in a sentence

  1. The story is filled with plot contrivances that do not fit the ending.

  2. He told the story honestly and without contrivance.

  3. a contrivance to get out of doing the work

  4. He convinced her to go without using contrivance.



Circa 1628

First Known Use of contrivance

circa 1628


CONTRIVANCE Defined for Kids

contrivance

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noun con·triv·ance \kən-ˈtrī-vəns\

Definition of contrivance for Students

  1. :  something (as a scheme or a mechanical device) produced with skill and cleverness





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