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Dictionary definition for: Contrivance

1. (n) a device that is very useful for a particular job

2. (n) the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"

3. (n) an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"

4. (n) an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.; "the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"

5. (n) any improvised arrangement for temporary use

6. (n) the act of devising something

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