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CONTRIVED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contrived mean? 

CONTRIVED (adjective)
  The adjective CONTRIVED has 2 senses:

1. showing effects of planning or manipulation
2. artificially formal

  Familiarity information: CONTRIVED used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTRIVED (adjective)


Sense 1contrived [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing effects of planning or manipulation

Context example:

a novel with a contrived ending

Similar:

planned (designed or carried out according to a plan)


Sense 2contrived [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Artificially formal

Synonyms:

stilted; artificial; contrived; hokey

Context examples:

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

Similar:

affected; unnatural (speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression)


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