contrivance


contrivance

noun

Definition of CONTRIVANCE

1
an interesting and often novel device with a practical use <a new contrivance for cleaning computer keyboards>
2
something (as a device) created for the first time through the use of the imagination <despite the many modern contrivances for saving time and labor, we seem to have less leisure and energy than ever before>
3
the ability to form mental images of things that either are not physically present or have never been conceived or created by others <in that writer's hands, narrative contrivance can often deteriorate into pointless gimmickry>
Near Antonyms literality, literalness

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