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contrivance (n.)

1620s, "a plan or scheme for attaining some end," from contrive + -ance. Meaning "act of contriving" is from 1640s; sense of "the thing contrived, planned, or invented" is from 1660s. Earlier was contrival (c. 1600).

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Definitions of contrivance from WordNet

contrivance (n.)
a device or control that is very useful for a particular job;
Synonyms: appliance / contraption / convenience / gadget / gizmo / gismo / widget
contrivance (n.)
the faculty of contriving; inventive skill;
his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem
contrivance (n.)
an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade;
his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track
Synonyms: stratagem / dodge
contrivance (n.)
an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.;
the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable
contrivance (n.)
any improvised arrangement for temporary use;
Synonyms: lash-up
contrivance (n.)
the act of devising something;
Synonyms: devisal
From wordnet.princeton.edu