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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contrive  \Con*trive"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Contrived};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Contriving}.]  [OE.  contriven,  contreven  controven 
  to  invent,  OF  controver,  contruver;  con-  +  trouver  to  find 
  See  {Troubadour},  {trover}.] 
  To  form  by  an  exercise  of  ingenuity;  to  devise;  to  invent;  to 
  design;  to  plan 
 
  What  more  likely  to  contrive  this  admirable  frame  of 
  the  universe  than  infinite  wisdom.  --Tillotson. 
 
  neither  do  thou  imagine  that  I  shall  contrive  aught 
  against  his  life.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  Syn:  To  invent;  discover;  plan  design;  project;  plot; 
  concert;  hatch. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contrived 
  adj  1:  showing  effects  of  planning  or  manipulation;  "a  novel  with  a 
  contrived  ending" 
  2:  artificially  formal;  "that  artificial  humility  that  her 
  husband  hated";  "contrived  coyness";  "a  stilted  letter  of 
  acknowledgment";  "when  people  try  to  correct  their  speech 
  they  develop  a  stilted  pronunciation"  [syn:  {artificial}, 
  {stilted}] 




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