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  1. contrivance: Merriam-Webster.com [home, info]
  2. contrivance: Oxford Learner's Dictionaries [home, info]
  3. contrivance: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
  4. contrivance: Collins English Dictionary [home, info]
  5. contrivance: Vocabulary.com [home, info]
  6. contrivance: Macmillan Dictionary [home, info]
  7. Contrivance, contrivance: Wordnik [home, info]
  8. contrivance: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary [home, info]
  9. contrivance: Wiktionary [home, info]
  10. contrivance: Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Ed. [home, info]
  11. contrivance: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus [home, info]
  12. contrivance: Infoplease Dictionary [home, info]
  13. Contrivance, contrivance: Dictionary.com [home, info]
  14. contrivance: UltraLingua English Dictionary [home, info]
  15. Contrivance: Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
  16. contrivance: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition [home, info]
  17. contrivance: Rhymezone [home, info]
  18. Contrivance: AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary [home, info]
  19. contrivance: Webster's 1828 Dictionary [home, info]
  20. contrivance: Free Dictionary [home, info]
  21. contrivance: Mnemonic Dictionary [home, info]
  22. contrivance: WordNet 1.7 Vocabulary Helper [home, info]
  23. contrivance: LookWAYup Translating Dictionary/Thesaurus [home, info]
  24. contrivance: Dictionary/thesaurus [home, info]

Business dictionaries Business (1 matching dictionary)
  1. contrivance: Legal dictionary [home, info]

Computing dictionaries Computing (1 matching dictionary)
  1. contrivance: Encyclopedia [home, info]

Science dictionaries Science (1 matching dictionary)
  1. contrivance: Evolution Glossary [home, info]

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Quick definitions from WordNet (contrivance)

noun:  the faculty of contriving; inventive skill ("His skillful contrivance of answers to every problem")
noun:  an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc. ("The plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable")
noun:  an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade ("His testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track")
noun:  the act of devising something
noun:  any improvised arrangement for temporary use
noun:  a device that is very useful for a particular job

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