I noun artifice, collusion, complicity, connivance, craft, deception, design, designing power, device, dodge, engineering, excogitatio, intrigue, inventio, invention, inventiveness, machination, maneuver, manipulation, means to an end, mechanism, method, plan, plot, scheme, stratagem, strategics, subterfuge, tactics, wile, wily device II index appliance, arrangement (plan), artifice, collusion, conduit (channel), connivance, conspiracy, expedient, facility (instrumentality), instrument (tool), invention, loophole, machination, ploy, project, resource, scheme, stratagem, strategy, tool

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