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.
Recent Examples of contrived from the Web
While many automakers try to dress themselves in contrived tradition, Morgan wears the real thing.
The block heel felt like a sensible pick for an afternoon stroll, and paired with a shoulder bag in a similar-yet-different punchy fuchsia hue, the color read chic but not too contrived.
Along the way there are more characters, some who call back to other stories in unlikely but not annoyingly contrived ways.
His directing is always on point, but the story is just too conventional, and the Irish accents seem too contrived to make this anything better than a middle-of-the-road romance.
When the employees enter this building during a button-up—real or contrived—
The characters very rarely come across as real, perhaps because the story itself is so contrived.
In practice, the play, and the relationship between its principals, feels too contrived to rise to the potential of the premise.
There were contrived walker shenanigans, including Rick’s Tarzan routine with the hanging zombie.
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