con·triv·ance 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
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
Examples of CONTRIVANCE
- The story is filled with plot contrivances that do not fit the ending.
- He told the story honestly and without contrivance.
- a contrivance to get out of doing the work
- He convinced her to go without using contrivance.
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