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English noun: contrivance

1. contrivance (artifact) a device or control that is very useful for a particular job


Synonymsappliance, contraption, convenience, gadget, gismo, gizmo, widget


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)gadgetry, gimbal, injector, mod con

2. contrivance (cognition) the faculty of contriving; inventive skill


SamplesHis skillful contrivance of answers to every problem.


Broader (hypernym)conception, design, excogitation, innovation, invention

3. contrivance (cognition) an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade


SamplesHis testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track.


Synonymsdodge, stratagem


Broader (hypernym)scheme, strategy


Narrower (hyponym)plant, pump-and-dump scheme, wangle, wangling

4. contrivance (cognition) an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.


SamplesThe plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable.


Broader (hypernym)arrangement, organisation, organization, system

5. contrivance (artifact) any improvised arrangement for temporary use


Synonymslash-up


Broader (hypernym)arrangement


Narrower (hyponym)patch, temporary hookup

6. contrivance (act) the act of devising something


Synonymsdevisal


Broader (hypernym)invention









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