un·​con·​trived ˌən-kən-ˈtrīvd How to pronounce uncontrived (audio)
: not showing the effects of planning or devising : having an artificial or unnatural appearance or quality : not contrived
But it all felt natural and uncontrived because it was written very clearly with her voice.Jen Chaney
models in uncontrived poses

Examples of uncontrived in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything feels uncontrived to me. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 9 July 2021 But in Patel's brooding, uncontrived performance, Gawain is remarkably alive as a man — like Patel's David Copperfield — figuring himself out. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 For hip-hop fans, Pop Smoke’s growling delivery, uncontrived approach and organic fame represented a return of authenticity and realism, industry executives say. Neil Shah, WSJ, 15 July 2021 The line is sophisticated, but has a uncontrived spirit that plays on masculine, feminine, and historical references. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, 5 Mar. 2019 After all, the siblings’ love of sportif-chic details, '90s influences, and uncontrived chic is one that has been cultivated in tandem. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncontrived was in 1612

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“Uncontrived.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontrived. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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