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contrivance

[kuh n-trahy-vuh ns] /kənˈtraɪ vəns/
noun
1.
something contrived; a device, especially a mechanical one.
2.
the act or manner of contriving; the faculty or power of contriving.
3.
a plan or scheme; expedient.
Origin of contrivance
1620-1630
1620-30; contrive + -ance
Related forms
noncontrivance, noun
precontrivance, noun
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contrivance

/kənˈtraɪvəns/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for contrivance
n.

1620s, from contrive + -ance.

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