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Power parting might sound contrived, but it's got to be better than this. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The premise sounds contrived but the reality is insightful. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It also remains your choice rather than something contrived that you are forced into doing. The Sun (2012)Yet somehow it contrived to do so. Times, Sunday Times (2011)That approach was somewhat artificial and contrived. Times, Sunday Times (2012)That sounds contrived and a bit whimsical. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It begins with multiple story lines and it takes some contrived plot devices to draw them together. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But here the seaside elements are tongue in cheek rather than contrived. Times, Sunday Times (2006) Somehow they contrived to get themselves knocked out. Times, Sunday Times (2009)And yet we have somehow contrived to concede two goals and thus dropped two points. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But he somehow contrived to scoop over the bar and then also fired another shot woefully off target. The Sun (2016)Anything else is artificial and contrived. Christianity Today (2000)It has somehow contrived to lose 3.5 billion. Times, Sunday Times (2014)As a result, it sounds rather contrived. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It just seemed like too much of a switch, too contrived and artificial. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The plot is contrived after the orthodox manner, the story is told with a mystery well maintained to the last page. Times, Sunday Times (2007)At least it is safe to say that both series manage to avoid those horribly contrived plot twists whose only purpose is to tie up loose ends. Times, Sunday Times (2014)I am concerned that any attempts to make this a continuation of the rest of the house will look artificial and contrived. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But sadly I somehow contrived to lose it. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Maybe they like the fact that we play music because we enjoy it and we're not trying to put out something false or contrived. The Sun (2011)And oddly, despite sounding preposterously contrived, it works very well. Times, Sunday Times (2015)If that sounds rather contrived, that's because it is. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But they contrived to lose the ten-minute period with an extra man 6-0. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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British English: contrived ADJECTIVE
If you say that something someone says or does is contrived, you think it is false and deliberate, rather than natural and not planned.
There was nothing contrived about what he said.
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