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Definition of Contrive


  1. To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan.
  2. To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to plot.

Contrive Quotations

War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.
Niccolo Machiavelli

A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
Edward Gibbon

Yeah, I don't necessarily like endings that contrive an artificial moment of completion.
Daniel Clowes

We have seen Indians in immense numbers, and all those on this coast of the Pacific contrive to make a good subsistence on various seeds, and by fishing.
Junipero Serra

The actual writing of a song usually comes in the form of a realisation. I can't contrive a song.
Gene Clark
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Contrive Translations

contrive in German is erfinden
contrive in Latin is fingo-finxi-fictum, molior, incogito

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