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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. showing effects of planning or manipulation;
- Example: "a novel with a contrived ending"

2. artificially formal;
- Example: "that artificial humility that her husband hated"
- Example: "contrived coyness"
- Example: "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"
- Example: "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"
[syn: artificial, contrived, hokey, stilted]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Contrive \Con*trive"\ (k[o^]n*tr[imac]v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contrived; p. pr. & vb. n. Contriving.] [OE. contriven, contreven, controven, to invent, OF. controver, contruver; con- + trouver to find. See Troubadour, trover.] To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan. [1913 Webster] What more likely to contrive this admirable frame of the universe than infinite wisdom. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life. --Hawthorne. Syn: To invent; discover; plan; design; project; plot; concert; hatch. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

contrived adj 1: showing effects of planning or manipulation; "a novel with a contrived ending" 2: artificially formal; "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation" [syn: artificial, contrived, hokey, stilted]