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  1. [noun] a device that is very useful for a particular job
    Synonyms: appliance, contraption, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget

  2. [noun] the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"

  3. [noun] an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
    Synonyms: stratagem, dodge

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

  5. [noun] any improvised arrangement for temporary use
    Synonyms: lash-up

  6. [noun] the act of devising something
    Synonyms: devisal


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