[ kuh n-trahyvd ]
/ kənˈtraɪvd /


obviously planned or forced; artificial; strained: a contrived story.

Nearby words

  1. contrite,
  2. contritely,
  3. contrition,
  4. contrivance,
  5. contrive,
  6. control,
  7. control account,
  8. control board,
  9. control center,
  10. control character

Origin of contrived

First recorded in 1505–15; contrive + -ed2

Related formscon·triv·ed·ly [kuh n-trahy-vid-lee] /kənˌtraɪ vɪd li/, adverbun·con·trived, adjectivewell-con·trived, adjective


[ kuhn-trahyv ]
/ kənˈtraɪv /

verb (used with object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.

to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: The author contrived a clever plot.
to bring about or effect by a plan, scheme, or the like; manage: He contrived to gain their votes.
to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).

verb (used without object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.

to form designs; plan.
to plot.

Origin of contrive

1275–1325; Middle English contreven < Middle French contreuv-, tonic stem of controver to devise, invent, Old French: to decide, agree upon < Late Latin contropāre to compare, equivalent to con- con- + *tropāre (> French trouver to find; see trover); development of vowel unclear

1. design, concoct. See prepare. 3. conspire, scheme. 5. connive.

Related formscon·triv·a·ble, adjectivecon·triv·er, nounpre·con·trive, verb, pre·con·trived, pre·con·triv·ing.un·con·triv·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for contrived

British Dictionary definitions for contrived


/ (kənˈtraɪvd) /


obviously planned, artificial, or lacking in spontaneity; forced; unnatural


/ (kənˈtraɪv) /


(tr) to manage (something or to do something), esp by means of a trick; engineerhe contrived to make them meet
(tr) to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaboratelyhe contrived a new mast for the boat
to plot or scheme (treachery, evil, etc)
Derived Formscontrivable, adjectivecontriver, noun

Word Origin for contrive

C14: from Old French controver, from Late Latin contropāre to represent by figures of speech, compare, from Latin com- together + tropus figure of speech, trope

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012