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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]


Showing effects of planning or manipulation

Context example:

a novel with a contrived ending


planned (designed or carried out according to a plan)

Sense 2contrived [BACK TO TOP]


Artificially formal


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


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

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