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Noun contrivance has 6 senses
  1. appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget - a device that is very useful for a particular job
    --1 is a kind of device
    --1 has particulars: gadgetry; gimbals; injector; mod con
  2. contrivance - the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"
    --2 is a kind of
    invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, design
  3. contrivance, stratagem, dodge - an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
    --3 is a kind of scheme, strategy
    --3 has particulars: plant; pump-and-dump scheme; wangle, wangling
  4. contrivance - an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.; "the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"
    --4 is a kind of
    arrangement, organization, organisation, system
  5. lash-up, contrivance - any improvised arrangement for temporary use
    --5 is a kind of arrangement
    --5 has particulars: temporary hookup, patch
  6. devisal, contrivance - the act of devising something
    --6 is a kind of invention
    Derived form: verb contrive2
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