[ kuh n-trahy-vuh ns ]
/ kənˈtraɪ vəns /


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.

Origin of contrivance

First recorded in 1620–30; contrive + -ance

OTHER WORDS FROM contrivance

non·con·triv·ance, nounpre·con·triv·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for contrivance

/ (kənˈtraɪvəns) /


something contrived, esp an ingenious device; contraption
the act or faculty of devising or adapting; inventive skill or ability
an artificial rather than natural selection or arrangement of details, parts, etc
an elaborate or deceitful plan or expedient; stratagem
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