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Definition of "contrived" []

  • Obviously planned or calculated; not spontaneous or natural; labored: a novel with a contrived ending. (adjective)
  • Obviously planned, artificial, or lacking in spontaneity; forced; unnatural (adjective)

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Use "contrived" in a sentence
  • "ANDERSON: Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright both have written letters to Robert Iger, the head of Disney, ABC's parent company, to complain about what they call contrived scenes which bear no relationship to actual events, and scenes that are false and defamatory."
  • "The U.S. government is to stop using the term "illegal enemy combatants," a label contrived by the Bush administration to justify detaining people indefinitely without ever bringing them before a court or even granting them prisoner-of-war status."
  • "The US government is to stop using the term "illegal enemy combatants," a label contrived by the Bush administration to justify detaining people indefinitely without ever bringing them before a court or even granting them prisoner-of-war status."