Definition of contrivance:
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- instrument (part of speech: noun)
- stratagem (part of speech: noun)
- plan (part of speech: noun)
This correspondence is exhibited in a vivid manner when, by a suitable contrivance, the light of an electric spark from poles of iron is examined in the spectroscope side by side with the solar spectrum.- "The Story of the Heavens", Robert Stawell Ball.
But practically viewed, that is logically viewed, if you regard Logic as a practical science, the Syllogism is a contrivance to assist the correct performance of reasoning together or syllogising in difficult cases.- "Logic, Inductive and Deductive", William Minto.
- "The Crisis, Complete", Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009.