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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
1620-1630
1620-30; contrive + -ance
Related forms
noncontrivance, noun
precontrivance, noun
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  • But instead of seeking contrivances for this purpose, they have lost those they formerly had.
  • Relatively simple derivatives evolved into ever more arcane contrivances.
  • No department is so striking as the kitchen with its modern labor-saving contrivances.
  • But science is unmoved and unconcerned by such trivial contrivances.
  • And the contrivances are motivated by things that have truth in them.
  • The trip, with its various contrivances, takes a couple of days.
  • The acting and screenplay are wildly uneven, several of the plot contrivances are problematic and the soundtrack is blurry.
  • Both stars are enjoyably breezy, and there's enough chemistry to deflect attention from the story's endless contrivances.
  • The last part of the film falls back on heavy contrivances, but the resolution rings true.
British Dictionary definitions for contrivances

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 contrivances

contrivance

n.

1620s, from contrive + -ance.

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