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Adjective: contrived  kun'trIvd
  1. Showing effects of planning or manipulation
    "a novel with a contrived ending"
  2. Artificially formal
    "contrived coyness";
    - artificial, hokey [N. Amer, informal], stilted
Verb: contrive  kun'trIv
  1. Make or work out a plan for; devise
    "They contrived to murder their boss";
    - plan, project, design
  2. Come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
    "contrive a way to measure the speed of light";
    - invent, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge
  3. Put or send forth
    "contrive a spell";
    - project, cast, throw

See also: affected, planned, unnatural

Type of: create by mental act, create mentally, direct, send

Encyclopedia: Contrived