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Definition 1: the act of devising something - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for contrivance in the sense of this definition

(contrivance is a kind of ...) the act of inventing

Definition 2: a device or control that is very useful for a particular job - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for contrivance in the sense of this definition

(contrivance is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of contrivance ) appliances collectively

"laborsaving gadgetry"

(... is a kind of contrivance ) an appliance that allows an object (such as a ship's compass) to remain horizontal even as its support tips

(... is a kind of contrivance ) a contrivance for injecting (e.g., water into the boiler of a steam engine or particles into an accelerator etc.)

(... is a kind of contrivance ) modern convenience; the appliances and conveniences characteristic of a modern house

Definition 3: any improvised arrangement for temporary use - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for contrivance in the sense of this definition

(contrivance is a kind of ...) an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging

"a flower arrangement"

(... is a kind of contrivance ) a connection intended to be used for a limited time

Definition 4: an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where contrivance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track

Synonyms for contrivance in the sense of this definition

(contrivance is a kind of ...) an elaborate and systematic plan of action

(... is a kind of contrivance ) something planted secretly for discovery by another

"the police used a plant to trick the thieves" "he claimed that the evidence against him was a plant"

(... is a kind of contrivance ) an illegal scheme for making money by manipulating stock prices; the schemer persuades other people to buy the stock and then sells it himself as soon as the price of the stock rises

(... is a kind of contrivance ) an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery

Definition 5: the faculty of contriving; inventive skill - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where contrivance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem

(contrivance is a kind of ...) the creation of something in the mind

Definition 6: an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc. - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where contrivance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable

(contrivance is a kind of ...) an organized structure for arranging or classifying

"he changed the arrangement of the topics" "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original" "he tried to understand their system of classification"

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