To contrive is to scheme and cause something to happen or to plan and invent something.(verb)
An example of contrive is when you begin campaigning to get people to do things your way and produce a desired result.
See contrive in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME contreven < OFr controver, to find out, contrive, imagine < VL contropare, to compare < com, com- + tropus, trope
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verb con·trived, con·triv·ing, con·trives verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English contreven
Origin: , from Old French controver, contreuv-
Origin: , from Medieval Latin contropāre, to compare
Origin: : Latin com-, com-
Origin: + Latin tropus, turn, manner, style (from Greek tropos; see trep- in Indo-European roots).
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