Examples of contrived in a Sentence
- … it may remind readers of Christopher Nolan's ingeniously contrived mystery film "Memento" … —Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2005
- The music industry has become far more image conscious and contrived since her first album affected me so profoundly … —Lisa Marie Presley, Time, 18 Apr. 2005
- There are some who scorn that sterling art form, the afternoon soap opera, alleging that its characters are unbelievable, its plots contrived and its action negligible. —Lydel Sims, Assignment: Memphis, 1982
The movie's contrived ending was a big disappointment.
The results of the test seemed somewhat contrived.
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The Secured Overnight Financing Rate aims to be more reliable and less contrived.
The smugglers carry on while the border’s overseers stare at a contrived scene of false tranquility.
This example may sound contrived, but the idea underpins every tax bill and every trade agreement.
These come into play in a contrived, borderline cutesy setup that — once the parts have been snapped into place — relaxes into a pleasurable, meandering portrait of someone getting another shot, maybe the last one, at happiness.
Sometimes when collaborations involve a big-name artist and an up-and-coming singer, the pairing can be a little more contrived than organic.
The feel is more quirky than hipster, the result of decades of organic growth rather than a contrived atmosphere.
In 2018, can journalists look past the blinders of contrived objectivity, stare straight into the camera and speak the plain truth?
The latter part of the show, involving a lengthy trip on a Very Wonderful (VW) bus, feels a little overly contrived, with some references that may sail over little heads, but the cast handles it with aplomb.
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: having an unnatural or false appearance or quality
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