Definition of contrivance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈtraɪvəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtraɪvəns//
    (formal) Devices
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] (usually disapproving) something that somebody has done or written that does not seem natural; the fact of seeming artificial The film is spoilt by unrealistic contrivances of plot. The story is told with a complete absence of contrivance. Examinations are a contrivance to see how a student tackles new problems.
  2. 2[countable] a clever or complicated device or tool made for a particular purpose His workshop was full of mechanical contrivances. See related entries: Devices
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a clever plan or trick; the act of using a clever plan or trick an ingenious contrivance to get her to sign the document without reading it
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contrivance