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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 ?
When Dionysius heard this he permitted him to take his money with him, but forbid him to continue any longer in Sicily, as being one who contrived means for getting money inconsistent with his affairs.
In fact, although, throughout your illness and delirium, I scarcely left your side for a moment, I cannot think how I contrived to do the many things that I did.
The utmost malice of Fortune could, indeed, have contrived nothing so cruel, so mal-a-propos, so absolutely destructive to all his schemes.
Then the Butcher contrived an ingenious plan For making a separate sally; And fixed on a spot unfrequented by man, A dismal and desolate valley.
It felt that, in spite of all possible pains, It had somehow contrived to lose count, And the only thing now was to rack its poor brains By reckoning up the amount.
I surpassed myself, the suffering one; I carried mine own ashes to the mountain; a brighter flame I contrived for myself.
Then they contrived for themselves their by-paths and bloody draughts!
And, lastly, he inveighed against Minerva because she had not contrived iron wheels in the foundation of her house, so its inhabitants might more easily remove if a neighbor proved unpleasant.
They are now on terms of the most particular friendship, frequently engaged in long conversations together; and she has contrived by the most artful coquetry to subdue his judgment to her own purposes.
I could not forbear admiring at these odd appearances, both in town and country; and I made bold to desire my conductor, that he would be pleased to explain to me, what could be meant by so many busy heads, hands, and faces, both in the streets and the fields, because I did not discover any good effects they produced; but, on the contrary, I never knew a soil so unhappily cultivated, houses so ill contrived and so ruinous, or a people whose countenances and habit expressed so much misery and want.
He then contrived to raise him from the ground, and with no little difficulty hoisted him upon his ass, which seemed to him to be the easiest mount for him; and collecting the arms, even to the splinters of the lance, he tied them on Rocinante, and leading him by the bridle and the ass by the halter he took the road for the village, very sad to hear what absurd stuff Don Quixote was talking.
First the new-born child found a tortoise and from its shell contrived the lyre; next, with much cunning circumstance, he stole Apollo's cattle and, when charged with the theft by Apollo, forced that god to appear in undignified guise before the tribunal of Zeus.