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contrivance (plural contrivances)
- a (mechanical) device to perform a certain task
- a means, such as an elaborate plan or strategy, to accomplish a certain objective
- something overly artful or artificial
Usage notes 
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Related terms 
(mechanical) device to perform a certain task
elaborate means to accomplish an objective
something overly artful or artificial
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