- non·con·triv·ance, noun
- pre·con·triv·ance, noun
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How to use contrivance in a sentence
While I’m sure it makes perfect sense to the algorithm, the result is an exceedingly strange, questionably authentic mix of moods, genre conventions and contrivances.Netflix’s My Unorthodox Life Is More Bravo Docusoap Than Real-Life Unorthodox | Judy Berman | July 14, 2021 | Time
Despite reality TV being a buzzing hive of manipulations and contrivances, the captain says Sailing Yacht remains, at least in its filming methods, pure.Is Glenn Shephard, the ‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’ Captain, the Nicest Guy on Reality TV? | Tim Teeman | May 14, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Here, however, the novel ends with unearned sentimentality and cheap contrivance.
The endless succession of quotation marks is its own contrivance, a scrim between Shields and the world.
Baseball: "an incredibly complex contrivance that seems to have been created by a chauvinistic mathematician."
He dwelt upon this contrivance, until it seemed too complicated for success.
The latter seems to have suggested the contrivance and the former to have done the practical work.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
"It was by Marius's contrivance that he was placed sentry over the girl," he heard her tell Fortunio, and he thought she sneered.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Such a contrivance helps to improve the leeway of so shallow a boat, although not proportionately to the area immersed.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
Toward the latter part of his sickness, a rude contrivance was adopted to change his position in bed.Charles Duran | The Author of The Waldos
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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