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
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