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CONTRIVANCE, noun [See Contrive.]

1. The act of inventing, devising or planning.

There is no work impossible to these contrivances.

2. The thing invented or planned; a scheme; plan; disposition of parts or causes by design.

Our bodies are made according to the most orderly contrivance

3. Artifice; plot; scheme.

He has managed his contrivance well.