Related formscon·triv·ed·ly [kuh n-trahy-vid-lee] /kənˌtraɪ vɪd li/, adverbun·con·trived, adjectivewell-con·trived, adjective
Definition for contrived (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
verb (used without object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
Origin of contrive
Related formscon·triv·a·ble, adjectivecon·triv·er, nounpre·con·trive, verb, pre·con·trived, pre·con·triv·ing.un·con·triv·ing, adjective
Examples from the Web for contrived
Bone was a highly competent managing editor, and contrived somehow to squeeze us into the tumultuous Post office.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or, worse, they are contrived to sound tired, perhaps in an attempt to come off as world-weary.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat|Hampton Stevens|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The story is schematic and contrived rather than palpable and lived.
How contrived that Modern Family would end its season finale with the tried-and-true sitcom trope: a wedding.
The right always whines about its contrived war on Christmas.
Mary had contrived to quiet her lover with considerable propriety of demeanour.Doctor Thorne|Anthony Trollope
He contrived, through Aunt Dilsey, to convey a note to the girl.Crestlands|Mary Addams Bayne
How Abraham and Sarah contrived to hold fast so many thousand servants against their wills, we are left quite in the dark.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
In this way I contrived to come within twenty feet without alarming him.Golden Days for Boys and Girls|Various
The barge in which Agrippina was thus invited to embark, was the treacherous trap that Anicetus had contrived for her destruction.Nero|Jacob Abbott