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contrived

Syllabification: con·trived
Pronunciation: /kənˈtrīvd
 
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Definition of contrived in English:

adjective

1Deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously.
Example sentences
  • Here, however, several contrived situations are grafted into the plot to generate artificial tension.
  • Is her vulnerability a natural or contrived circumstance?
  • In the end, a few short minutes in such contrived circumstances did little to further the debate on the something already described as a ‘national disgrace’.
1.1Created or arranged in a way that seems artificial and unrealistic: the ending of the novel is too pat and contrived
More example sentences
  • The outside shots of the hospital during a thunderstorm look impressive, but the fire visuals are as artificial as the contrived resolution.
  • Though supposedly posing a test of survival skills, the desert-island situation was rather contrived.
  • A poor script with bad dialogue and a cheesy, contrived family crisis doesn't help her much.
Synonyms
forced, strained, studied, artificial, affected, put-on, phony, pretended, false, feigned, fake, manufactured, unnatural;
labored, overdone, elaborate

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