- the act, way, or power of contriving
- something contrived, as an invention, mechanical device, or ingenious plan
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.
- a. The act of contriving.b. The state of being contrived.
- Something contrived, as a mechanical device or a clever plan.
contrive + -ance
- Gian Galeazzos duchy was a masterpiece of mechanical contrivance, the creation of a scheming intellect and lawless will.
- This is effected by raising up a small mound of rich compost around it, a contrivance which induces the graft to emit roots into the surface soil.
- He married a daughter of Tarquinius and succeeded to the throne by the contrivance of his mother-in-law, Tanaquil, who was skilled in divination and foresaw his greatness.
- Sleep of Zeus, by the contrivance of Hera.
- There is good reason to believe that the system was as effectual in the prevention and punishment of crime and in the redress of wrongs as any other human contrivance has ever been.