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contrivance

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of contrivance

  1. 1 an interesting and often novel device with a practical use a new contrivance for cleaning computer keyboards Synonyms of contrivance appliance, contraption, gadget, gimmick, gizmo (also gismo), jigger, widgetWords Related to contrivance implement, instrument, tool, utensil; ingenuity, innovation, invention; accessory (also accessary), adjunct; mechanism, trick; dingus, doodad, doohickey, hickey, hootenanny [chiefly dialect], thingamabob, thingamajig (or thingumajig), thingummy

  2. 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 Synonyms of contrivance brainchild, coinage, concoction, invention, creation, innovation, wrinkleWords Related to contrivance contraption, device, gadget, gizmo (also gismo), novelty; design, product, work; dream, fantasy (also phantasy), picture, vision; conception, imagining, originationNear Antonyms of contrivance carbon copy, clone, copy, dupe, duplicate, duplication, facsimile, imitation, reduplication, replica, replication, reproduction

  3. 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 Synonyms of contrivance imagination, creativity, fancy, fantasy (also phantasy), ideation, imaginativeness, invention, inventiveness, originalityWords Related to contrivance brainstorm, brainstorming, inspiration; fecundity, fertility; ingenuity, resourcefulness; versatility; chimera, daydream, delusion, dream, figment, hallucination, illusion, mind's eye, mirage, phantasm (also fantasm), pipe dream; envisaging, visualizationNear Antonyms of contrivance literality, literalness



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