contrived

[ kuhn-trahyvd ]

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

obviously planned or forced; artificial; strained

Origin + Etymology

from Old French contreuve-, stressed stem of controver ‘imagine, invent’, from medieval Latin contropare ‘compare’.

Synonyms

  • false
  • phony
  • forced

Antonyms

  • genuine
  • real
  • unforced

Example

Their relationship was contrived and everyone knew it.

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