Definition of contrivance
1a : a thing contrived; especially : a mechanical device <modern contrivances to cook food faster>b : an artificial arrangement or development <Mistaken identity is used as a plot contrivance in the story.>
2 : the act or faculty of contriving : the state of being contrived
Examples of contrivance in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of contrivance
First Known Use: circa 1628
CONTRIVANCE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of contrivance for Students
: something (as a scheme or a mechanical device) produced with skill and cleverness
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