Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb contrive

3 senses of contrive

Sense 1
plan, project, contrive, design -- (make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack")
       => create by mental act, create mentally -- (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Sense 2
invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge -- (come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light")
       => create by mental act, create mentally -- (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Sense 3
project, cast, contrive, throw -- (put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light")
       => send, direct -- (cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation")

Antonyms of adj contrived

2 senses of contrived

Sense 1
contrived -- (showing effects of planning or manipulation; "a novel with a contrived ending")

INDIRECT (VIA planned) -> unplanned -- (without apparent forethought or prompting or planning; "an unplanned economy"; "accepts an unplanned order"; "an unplanned pregnancy"; "unplanned remarks")

Sense 2
artificial, contrived, hokey, stilted -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA affected) -> unaffected -- (free of artificiality; sincere and genuine; "an unaffected grace")

Similarity of adj contrived

2 senses of contrived

Sense 1
contrived -- (showing effects of planning or manipulation; "a novel with a contrived ending")
       => planned (vs. unplanned) -- (designed or carried out according to a plan; "the planned outlays for new equipment")

Sense 2
artificial, contrived, hokey, stilted -- (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")
       => affected (vs. unaffected), unnatural -- (speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression)

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