contrivance

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Etymology[edit]

contrive +‎ -ance

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Noun[edit]

contrivance (plural contrivances)

  1. a (mechanical) device to perform a certain task
  2. a means, such as an elaborate plan or strategy, to accomplish a certain objective
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 266b.
      And along with each of these go their images, not the things themselves, — they too have come about by godlike contrivance.
  3. something overly artful or artificial

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