AskDefine | Define contrived

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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, hokey, stilted]

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contrived
  1. past of contrive

Adjective

  1. unnatural, forced.
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