Definition of contrivance
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 : 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.
Recent Examples of contrivance from the Web
Wilde Lake, 354; Kings Contrivance, 260 Medley Relay 15-18M: 1.
Homefield in the Series is on the line, sure, but that’s a contrivance that realistically matters to about half a dozen teams and their fans.
Kings Contrivance, 339; Clary’s Forest/Hawthorn/Swansfield, 254 Medley Relays 15-18M: 1.
Some dog and cat owners are swapping hard-plastic, post-surgical veterinary cones with softer contrivances that can resemble airplane neck pillows.
Weisz does full justice to the tragic realism inside the contrivance.
These utilitarian precinct house images, stripped of artistry and contrivance, reveal celebrities at their most real.
Kings Contrivance: Barbara Seely, 104; Shari Zaret, 105; and Christiana Rigby, 106.
As the title character, Keanu Reeves flings himself vigorously into the martial-arts gyrations and choreographed gunplay of this high-body-count thriller, but these maneuvers offer as slight a sense of physical presence as do C.G.I. contrivances.
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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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