- The definition of contrivance is the thing that causes something to happen.
An example of contrivance is the ability of a tornado to destroy buildings.
- the act, way, or power of contriving
- something contrived, as an invention, mechanical device, or ingenious plan
- a. The act of contriving.b. The state of being contrived.
- Something contrived, as a mechanical device or a clever plan.
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