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contrived

adjective con·trived \kən-ˈtrīvd\

: having an unnatural or false appearance or quality

Full Definition of CONTRIVED

:  having an unnatural or false appearance or quality :  artificial, labored <a contrived plot>

Examples of CONTRIVED

  1. The movie's contrived ending was a big disappointment.
  2. The results of the test seemed somewhat contrived.
  3. … it may remind readers of Christopher Nolan's ingeniously contrived mystery film Memento … —Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2005

Origin of CONTRIVED

(see contrive)
First Known Use: 15th century

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