- obviously planned, artificial, or lacking in spontaneity; forced; unnatural
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- planned:Her supposedly chance and accidental meeting with me was actually a contrived one.
- awkward, unnatural, and forced:The way you ended your essay was a bit contrived.
- obviously planned or forced; artificial;
strained:a contrived story.
- contrive + -ed2 1505–15