Dictionary Results for contrivance


1. contrivance - noun

· a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

Synonym(s): appliance, contraption, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget

Hypernym(s): device




2. contrivance - noun

· the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"

Hypernym(s): invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, design




3. contrivance - noun

· an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"

Synonym(s): stratagem, dodge

Hypernym(s): scheme, strategy




4. contrivance - noun

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

Hypernym(s): arrangement, organization, organisation, system




5. contrivance - noun

· any improvised arrangement for temporary use

Synonym(s): lash-up

Hypernym(s): arrangement




6. contrivance - noun

· the act of devising something

Synonym(s): devisal

Hypernym(s): invention





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