noun \kən-ˈtrī-vən(t)s\

: 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

Full Definition of CONTRIVANCE

a :  a thing contrived; especially :  a mechanical device
b :  an artificial arrangement or development
:  the act or faculty of contriving :  the state of being contrived


  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.

First Known Use of CONTRIVANCE

circa 1628


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