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stilted

adjective uk   /ˈstɪl.tɪd/ us    /-t̬ɪd/ disapproving
(of a person's behaviour or way of speaking or writing) too formal and not smooth or natural: He writes in a formal and rather stilted style. The dialogue sounded stilted and unnatural, perhaps because of the translation from the original Russian.
stiltedly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
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