The story is schematic and contrived rather than palpable and lived.
The right always whines about its contrived war on Christmas.
George Wallace stood in the Schoolhouse Door and Ross Perot contrived the ruin of George Bush the elder.
Even his many critics concede that Mr. Blair turned in a polished, assured performance, after his shaky (contrived or not) start.
Bone was a highly competent managing editor, and contrived somehow to squeeze us into the tumultuous Post office.
Richard Foliott had been a scamp at heart from his boyhood; but he had contrived to keep well before the world.
By this time they had contrived to make the cellar a little more comfortable.
She contrived pleasant surprises, and charmed Aunt Huldah with her constant acts of kindness.
Mrs. Pendarves also contrived to be on good terms with both.
I trusted to the little scene I had just contrived to prepare the mind of the Czaritza for this intimation.
early 14c., from Old French controver (Modern French controuver) "to find out, contrive, imagine," from Late Latin contropare "to compare" (via a figure of speech), from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + tropus "song, musical mode," from Greek tropos "figure of speech" (see trope).
Sense evolution (in French) was from "invent with ingenuity" to "invent falsely." Spelled contreve until unexplained 15c. sound change that also affected briar, friar, choir. Related: Contrived; contriving.