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

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