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
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
But science is unmoved and unconcerned by such trivial contrivances.
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