UnivSource.com - Your Most Comprehensive Source for Information on Universities
  Web UnivSource.com

You're Here : UnivSource Home > Vocabulary Builder (Beta Version)

The current version of the vocabulary builder covers over 2720 words & is useful for students preparing for academic English examinations such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc. Now you can also listen to the pronunciation of words. - Refer a Friend.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

contrived (adj) artificial; not natural.

When something is planned in advance, say, the way you wish to talk, behave, etc., so that it is not natural or genuine, it is contrived. When your behavior is contrived, it is not natural, but preplanned. It is not your normal behavior. The smile you put on is contrived, if it is not the result of pleasure or joy, but one you have put on just to please others, or to make an impression. A situation in a story, a movie, or a play is contrived if it is arranged or planned in a way that it does not appear natural, or convincing. A play has a contrived ending, if it does not appear realistic or logical.

  • Harry just contrived a smile for appearance's sake when his boss visited him. He was really in no mood to receive the boss with warmth the smile seemed to indicate.
  • The too many coincidences in the play - for example, the hero appearing on the scene just when the villain was about to abduct the heroine, the hero finding a gun ready, the villain weaponless, - all show that the story was contrived, and not at all realistic.
Useful Links
Download Our iPhone App
Download Our Android App
Earn Your Degree Online
Earn Your Art & Design Degree Online
Earn Your Business Degree Online
Earn Your Culinary Degree Online
Earn Your Education Degree Online
Earn Your Health Care Degree Online
Earn Your Law & Justice Degree Online
Earn Your Psychology Degree Online
Earn Your Technicians Degree Online
Earn Your Technology Degree Online
US Universities by Name
US Universities by Program
US Universities by State
Canadian Universities by Name
Canadian Universities by Region

Last Modified : 11-May 2009
Best viewed with 1024 x 768 resolution & Microsoft Internet Explorer