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English definition of “contrived”


adjective  /kənˈtrɑɪvd/ us  
too obviously designed to produce a particular result, and therefore not seeming to happen naturally: The movie’s plot was much too contrived.
(Definition of contrived from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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