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contrivance /kənˈtraɪvəns/  

  • noun
    plural -ances
    usually disapproving
    [count] :something that causes things to happen in a story in a way that does not seem natural or believable
    [noncount] :the use of contrivances in a story
    He told the story honestly and without contrivance.
    [count] :a machine or piece of equipment made with skill and cleverness
    a clever contrivance
    a clever plan or trick [count]
    a contrivance to get out of doing the work [noncount]
    He convinced her to go without using contrivance.