something contrived; a device, especially a mechanical one.
the act or manner of contriving; the faculty or power of contriving.
a plan or scheme; expedient.

1620–30; contrive + -ance

noncontrivance, noun
precontrivance, noun Unabridged
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contrivance (kənˈtraɪvəns)
1.  something contrived, esp an ingenious device; contraption
2.  the act or faculty of devising or adapting; inventive skill or ability
3.  an artificial rather than natural selection or arrangement of details, parts, etc
4.  an elaborate or deceitful plan or expedient; stratagem

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Example sentences
One is overly aware of the long arms of coincidence and contrivance.
Only some psychological contrivance can lure them to act in their own self
She not only sings beautifully but her luminous interpretations truly
  communicate as well, without contrivance.
But the winds never picked up and the center never formed sufficiently for such
  human contrivance.
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