noun con·triv·ance \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
CONTRIVANCE Defined for Kids


noun con·triv·ance \kən-ˈtrī-vəns\

Definition of CONTRIVANCE for Kids

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


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