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contrivance

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contrivance/kənˈtraɪvəns/noun
pluralcontrivances
contrivance
/kənˈtraɪvəns/
noun
pluralcontrivances
Learner's definition of CONTRIVANCE  
usually disapproving 
[count] : something that causes things to happen in a story in a way that does not seem natural or believable
   b [noncount] : the use of contrivances in a story
[count] : a machine or piece of equipment made with skill and cleverness
: a clever plan or trick
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