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contritely | contriteness | contrition | contriturate | contrivable | contrivance | contrive | contrived | contrivement | contriver | control




  •  The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning.  [1913 Webster]
    "The machine which we are inspecting demonstrates, by its construction, contrivance and design. Contrivance must have had a contriver."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; artifice; arrangement.  [1913 Webster]
    "Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants."
Syn. -- Device; plan; scheme; invention; machine; project; design; artifice; shift. See Device.


contrivance, n.
1 something contrived, esp. a mechanical device or a plan.
2 an act of contriving, esp. deceitfully.
3 inventive capacity.



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