[kuhn-trahyv] ,
verb (used with object), contrived, contriving.
to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: The author contrived a clever plot.
to bring about or effect by a plan, scheme, or the like; manage: He contrived to gain their votes.
to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).
verb (used without object), contrived, contriving.
to form designs; plan.
to plot.

1275–1325; Middle English contreven < Middle French contreuv-, tonic stem of controver to devise, invent, Old French: to decide, agree upon < Late Latin contropāre to compare, equivalent to con- con- + *tropāre (> French trouver to find; see trover); development of vowel unclear

contrivable, adjective
contriver, noun
precontrive, verb, precontrived, precontriving.
uncontriving, adjective

1. design, concoct. See prepare. 3. conspire, scheme. 5. connive. Unabridged
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contrive (kənˈtraɪv)
1.  (tr) to manage (something or to do something), esp by means of a trick; engineer: he contrived to make them meet
2.  (tr) to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaborately: he contrived a new mast for the boat
3.  to plot or scheme (treachery, evil, etc)
[C14: from Old French controver, from Late Latin contropāre to represent by figures of speech, compare, from Latin com- together + tropus figure of speech, trope]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. controver "to find out, contrive, imagine," from V.L. contropare "to compare" (via a figure of speech), from L. com- "with" + tropus "song, musical mode," from Gk. tropos "figure of speech" (see trope). Sense evolution (in French) was from "invent with
ingenuity" to "invent falsely." Related: Contrived (c.1400); contriving (early 14c.); contrivance (1620s).
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Example sentences
In fact, would-be loggers sometimes contrive phoney agricultural schemes purely as an excuse to clear-cut forests.
His delight and intent was to discover the surreal in the real, not to contrive surreal imagery.
They believed in it, and this gave them a dignity that no amount of pomp could contrive.
Or they can arrive separately at the place where boats are rented, each rent a boat, and then contrive to meet on the water.
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