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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrivedadjective

    showing effects of planning or manipulation

    "a novel with a contrived ending"

  2. artificial, contrived, hokey, stiltedadjective

    artificially formal

    "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"


  1. contrivedadjective

    unnatural, forced


  1. Contrived

    Contrived is a Canadian indie rock band. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Montreal, Quebec, the band consists of Mike Bigelow, Loel Campbell, Mike MacNeill, Tim D'Eon and Jon Samuel. Four of the five members are also in the band Wintersleep, and two were in Holy Fuck.The band released two full-length albums and one EP on Dependent Music before signing to Hand Drawn Dracula, which released their third album in 2008.


  1. contrived

    Contrived refers to something that is deliberately created or arranged, rather than happening naturally or spontaneously. It often implies that the object, situation or expression is overly artificial, forced, or exaggerated, lacking authenticity or spontaneity.

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  1. Contrived

    of Contrive


  1. Contrived

    Contrived is a Canadian indie rock band based in Halifax and Montreal that formed in June 2000. The band consists of Mike Bigelow, Loel Campbell, Mike MacNeill, Tim D'Eon and Jon Samuel. They are signed to Hand Drawn Dracula. Four of the five members are in the Juno Award-winning band Wintersleep, and two are in Juno and Polaris-nominated Holy Fuck,. They have released three full-length albums and one EP.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrived in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrived in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of contrived in a Sentence

  1. The Weekly Standard Steve Hayes:

    This explains the shift from defiance to contrition, it's totally contrived, she doesn't mean a word of it.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    reality is often little more than a mirror reflecting visions made of ice and steel cold permanent and carefully contrived.

  3. Learned Hand:

    Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.

  4. Catherine Pugh:

    Like everyone in our city, state and across this nation, we mourned the senseless killing of Jacquelyn Smith. To now learn that family members staged this brutal killing is beyond belief and represents a double tragedy, they were responsible for taking Jacquelyn's life with unconscionable cruelty and contrived to do so in our city under the guise of random violence, exploiting the legitimate fears of our residents.

  5. German Proverb:

    As fast as laws are devised, their evasion is contrived.

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