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Noun: contrivance  kun'trI-vun(t)s
  1. A device or control that is very useful for a particular job
    - appliance, contraption, convenience, gadget, gizmo [informal], gismo [informal], widget
  2. The faculty of contriving; inventive skill
    "his skilful contrivance of answers to every problem"
  3. An elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
    "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track";
    - stratagem, dodge [informal]
  4. An artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.
    "the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"
  5. Any improvised arrangement for temporary use
    - lash-up
  6. The act of devising something
    - devisal

Derived forms: contrivances

Type of: arrangement, conception, design, device, excogitation, fiction, innovation, invention, organisation [Brit], organization, scheme, strategy, system