Definition of contrived in English:



  • 1Deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously.

    • ‘The seemingly haphazard arrangement of pavilions was a contrived effect, it can be seen as a stand against the Beaux Arts tradition.’
    • ‘This theme is played out through a dozen strangers who become related by artfully contrived coincidence.’
    • ‘Is her vulnerability a natural or contrived circumstance?’
    • ‘In the end, a few short minutes in such contrived circumstances did little to further the debate on the something already described as a ‘national disgrace’.’
    • ‘Both are real and ancient things, ignored by those who live in a bubble of artificial laughter and contrived wit, but alive to those who meet them in the everyday.’
    • ‘We are breaking free from our completely contrived preconception of how things ought to be.’
    • ‘Harris rejected such an ahistorical and artificially contrived formulation of African studies.’
    • ‘My idea of a game, first of all, is that it represents a subset of the rules of Life, or an artificially contrived set of rules that represent something else entirely.’
    • ‘How could it be that in a situation as artificially contrived as a television studio, you could get this frank and free discussion between two people?’
    • ‘Thus a contrived dichotomy between human rights and national security has been artificially orchestrated.’
    • ‘Here, however, several contrived situations are grafted into the plot to generate artificial tension.’
    • ‘They would rather deal with technology than with philosophy, tackle contrived situations than trigger debates on the nuances of film images.’
    • ‘This is an authentic confessional, full of self-corrections and digressions and commentary on itself, without ever feeling contrived or artificial.’
    deliberate, careful, thoughtful, considered, conscious, calculated, intentional, volitional, designed, mannered, measured, studious, knowing, purposeful
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    1. 1.1Created or arranged in a way that seems artificial and unrealistic.
      ‘the ending of the novel is too pat and contrived’
      • ‘The actors enter and exit through an archway at the rear of the stage, reminding the audience of the deliberately contrived nature of the play.’
      • ‘Though supposedly posing a test of survival skills, the desert-island situation was rather contrived.’
      • ‘Though its outcome could be considered contrived, the plot is woven with skill, leaving us always anticipating when it will pick up and proceed with another thread.’
      • ‘It doesn't miss an obvious, telegraphed joke, but never comes up with an instance of humor that isn't contrived, plotted, or stale.’
      • ‘By all rights it shouldn't be; the story and situations are so contrived and so dependent on coincidence as to be completely unbelievable.’
      • ‘Its plot is more contrived and seems to be a little bit rushed towards the end.’
      • ‘Although it is fairly contrived and full of coincidences, it never feels forced or silly.’
      • ‘Other critics cite stock characterization, weak plots, and contrived endings.’
      • ‘The plot is contrived in a lot of places and uses some lazy devices in others.’
      • ‘Though the exposition is convoluted and a lot of the plot details are contrived, I kind of dug the story.’
      • ‘A poor script with bad dialogue and a cheesy, contrived family crisis doesn't help her much.’
      • ‘The film moves from one contrived situation to another.’
      • ‘And both locate the main action in a peculiarly stylised family home, isolated in an equally contrived semi-rural landscape.’
      • ‘The outside shots of the hospital during a thunderstorm look impressive, but the fire visuals are as artificial as the contrived resolution.’
      forced, strained, studied, artificial, affected, put-on, pretended, false, feigned, manufactured, unnatural
      laboured, overdone, elaborate
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