contrivance

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noun con·triv·ance \kən-ˈtrī-vən(t)s\

Definition of contrivance

  1. 1a :  a thing contrived; especially :  a mechanical device modern contrivances to cook food fasterb :  an artificial arrangement or development Mistaken identity is used as a plot contrivance in the story.

  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.

Origin and Etymology of contrivance

see contrive


First Known Use: circa 1628


CONTRIVANCE Defined for English Language Learners

contrivance

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noun con·triv·ance \kən-ˈtrī-vən(t)s\

Definition of contrivance for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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