[kuh n-trahy-vuh ns]


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.

Nearby words

  1. contributory,
  2. contributory negligence,
  3. contrite,
  4. contritely,
  5. contrition,
  6. contrive,
  7. contrived,
  8. control,
  9. control account,
  10. control board

Origin of contrivance

First recorded in 1620–30; contrive + -ance

Related formsnon·con·triv·ance, nounpre·con·triv·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contrivance



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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Word Origin and History for contrivance



1620s, from contrive + -ance.

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