Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: noun

The act of contriving.

Part of speech: noun

An artifice; stratagem; device; invention.

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Usage examples "contrivance":

  1. It is a stale contrivance, to get the people into a passion, in order to make them sacrifice their liberty. - "Essays on the Constitution of the United States", Paul Leicester Ford.
  2. For the sake of comparison with other parts of the world, this simple contrivance is worth a few lines of description. - "Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before", George Turner.
  3. Lord Mountclere rushed forward to meet her, and such was her contrivance that he noticed no change. - "The Hand of Ethelberta", Thomas Hardy.