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con·trived

 (kən-trīvd′)
adj.
Obviously planned or calculated; not spontaneous or natural; labored: a novel with a contrived ending.

con·triv′ed·ly (-trī′vĭd-lē, -trīvd′lē) adv.

contrived

(kənˈtraɪvd)
adj
obviously planned, artificial, or lacking in spontaneity; forced; unnatural

con•trived

(kənˈtraɪvd)

adj.
obviously planned or forced; artificial; strained: a contrived story.
[1505–15]
con•triv′ed•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contrived - showing effects of planning or manipulation; "a novel with a contrived ending"
planned - designed or carried out according to a plan; "the planned outlays for new equipment"
2.contrived - 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"
affected, unnatural - speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression

contrived

adjective forced, planned, laboured, strained, artificial, elaborate, unnatural, overdone, recherché It mustn't sound like a contrived compliment.
natural, relaxed, genuine, spontaneous, unaffected, unpretentious, unforced, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal), unconstrained, unfeigned

contrived

adjective
Not natural or spontaneous:
Translations

contrived

[kənˈtraɪvd] ADJartificial

contrived

[kənˈtraɪvd] adj (pejorative)
(= not spontaneous) → forcé(e)
(= unconvincing) [plot] → tiré(e) par les cheveux

contrived

adjgestellt; style alsogekünstelt

contrived

[kənˈtraɪvd] adjinnaturale, forzato/a
References in classic literature ?
All is plain but one thing, which is the manner that the knave contrived to get the gentle ones along the blind trail.
So you contrived to throw over your stupid business and join us, after all," she said; "or was it that you changed your mind at the last moment?
Half a dozen chairs stood about the room, straight and stiff, and so ingeniously contrived for the discomfort of the human person that they were irksome even to sight, and conveyed the ugliest possible idea of the state of society to which they could have been adapted.
Continually, and in a thousand other ways, did she feel the innumerable throbs of anguish that had been so cunningly contrived for her by the undying,the ever-active sentence of the Puritan tribunal.
So, cutting the lashing of the water-proof match keg, after many failures Starbuck contrived to ignite the lamp in the lantern; then stretching it on a waif pole, handed it to Queequeg as the standard-bearer of this forlorn hope.
Preserving an interval of some few yards between itself and the ship, the Jeroboam's boat by the occasional use of its oars contrived to keep parallel to the Pequod, as she heavily forged through the sea (for by this time it blew very fresh), with her main-topsail aback; though, indeed, at times by the sudden onset of a large rolling wave, the boat would be pushed some way ahead; but would be soon skilfully brought to her proper bearings again.
This was for the uninitiated the most perplexing work of all; for all that the woman had to give was a single turn of the wrist; and in some way she contrived to give it so that instead of an endless chain of sausages, one after another, there grew under her hands a bunch of strings, all dangling from a single center.
One luckless wight contrived to upset the gravy; and then gravy had to be got up de novo, with due care and formality, Aunt Chloe watching and stirring with dogged precision, answering shortly, to all suggestions of haste, that she "warn't a going to have raw gravy on the table, to help nobody's catchings.
Yes, though you may think me perverse, if it were proposed to me to dwell in the neighborhood of the most beautiful garden that ever human art contrived, or else of a Dismal Swamp, I should certainly decide for the swamp.
He could not talk very well, because his opponent's sword had cut his under-lip in two, and then the surgeon had sewed it together and overlaid it with a profusion of white plaster patches; neither could he eat easily, still he contrived to accomplish a slow and troublesome luncheon while the last duel was preparing.
Why, I spotted you for a boy when you was threading the needle; and I contrived the other things just to make certain.
Tom contrived to scarify the cupboard with it, and was arranging to begin on the bureau, when he was called off to dress for Sunday-school.