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Definition of contrived

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Ordinarily the idea of randomly buttonholing strangers for contrived social encounters strikes me as awkward and off-putting. Washington Post, "Worried about meeting coworkers at your new all-remote job? Here are some tips.," 25 Feb. 2021 More sedan buyers should be considering the Mazda, with or without the contrived exterior treatment. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Mazda 6 Turbo Remains a Winning Package," 27 Jan. 2021 Shay’s munificence is not just a contrived storyline for the screen. Ashley Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Meet Anna Shay, the rich, unbothered Angeleno at the top of Netflix’s ‘Bling Empire’," 15 Jan. 2021 Patrick’s smart and good-natured show has often served as the antidote to the contrived and boring Argument Radio around here, the palate-cleanser, a program that elevates my mood rather than my blood pressure. Globe Staff,, "Dan Patrick’s radio show in tune with the times," 1 Jan. 2021 Huntsville rockers Drop Diver connect Strokes, Stones and Nirvana in a youthful, exciting way that doesn’t feel contrived. Matt Wake |, al, "50 songs from 2020 to know by Alabama musicians," 31 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately, that connection is sacrificed to the time spent aboard the Aether — a narrative imperative essential for the movie to reach its maddeningly contrived ending. Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, "Review: In ‘The Midnight Sky,’ a grizzled George Clooney considers the end of the world," 22 Dec. 2020 Going virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic will curb the usual contrived hype surrounding them, but several questions will be addressed by the meetings’ end Thursday. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Time for the Lakers to bench LeBron James?," 8 Dec. 2020 In another, the most incendiary of Jackson’s initial batch of contrived stills, Diana and boyfriend Dodi Fayed strike elegant, informal poses on either side of a baby, ostensibly theirs. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "How do you get people to stop believing the lies? Ask artist Alison Jackson," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of contrived

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contrived

see contrive

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3 Mar 2021

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“Contrived.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of contrived

: having an unnatural or false appearance or quality

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