The definition of contrived is something that seems made-up or forced, or that doesn't ring true.
When a plot of a movie or book is far-fetched and doesn't ring true, this is an example of a plot that would be described as contrived.
Obviously planned or calculated; not spontaneous or natural; labored: a novel with a contrived ending.
- simple past tense and past participle of contrive
- "I should hope to smile," he said with a contrived southern accent.
- Not the abbreviated version contrived for a witless or hysterical wife, but the whole thing – including any designs Lori has on you... or you have for her.
- Not only did his reason not reproach him for what he had done, but he even found cause for self-satisfaction in having so successfully contrived to avail himself of a convenient opportunity to punish a criminal and at the same time pacify the mob.
- During the Civil War James was taken prisoner by Fairfax (1646), but contrived to escape to Holland in 1648.
- Though Kutuzov had dismissed all unnecessary men from the staff, Boris had contrived to remain at headquarters after the changes.