contrived

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adjective con·trived \kən-ˈtrīvd\

Definition of contrived

  1. :  having an unnatural or false appearance or quality :  artificial, labored a contrived plot

Examples of contrived in a Sentence

  1. … it may remind readers of Christopher Nolan's ingeniously contrived mystery film “Memento” … —Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2005

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. The movie's contrived ending was a big disappointment.

  5. The results of the test seemed somewhat contrived.

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Origin and Etymology of contrived

see contrive


CONTRIVED Defined for English Language Learners

contrived

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Definition of contrived for English Language Learners

  • : having an unnatural or false appearance or quality



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