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contrivance

noun

1 contrivance

A device or control that is very useful for a particular job.

synonyms: appliance, contraption, convenience, gadget, gismo, gizmo, widget.

Dutch: apparaat, apparaatje, gadget, toestel, vernuft



2 contrivance

The faculty of contriving; inventive skill.

3 contrivance

An elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade:
— His testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track.

synonyms: dodge, stratagem.

Roget 626: plan, scheme, design, project; proposal, proposition, suggestion; resolution, motion; precaution etc. (provision) 673; deep-laid plan ... show more

4 contrivance

An artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc..

5 contrivance

Any improvised arrangement for temporary use.

synonym: lash-up.

6 contrivance

The act of devising something.

synonym: devisal.


Moby thesaurus: Charlie McCarthy, action, ad hoc measure, agent, anagnorisis, ancilla, angle, answer, apparatus, appliance, approach, architectonics, architecture, argument, arrangement, art, artful dodge, artifice, atmosphere, attack ... show more.

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