Origin of Contrive
Middle English contreven from Old French controver contreuv- from Medieval Latin contropāre to compare Latin com- com- Latin tropus turn, manner, style (from Greek tropos trep- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Middle English contreve (“to invent”), from Old French controver (French controuver), from trover (“to find”) (French trouver).
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