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not natural or spontaneous

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showing effects of planning or manipulation

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artificially formal

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A warmth and intelligence infuses the writing as the narrator puzzles over the quotidian mystery of the world around him, entertains himself out of his boredom, and strives to build a contrived world through words, to finally build fiction.
It's been contrived this year on a number of points for all those Final Series events.
Eschewing contrived set happenstanc romantic dra one ventures manner of u places.
As sport is degraded by more and more contrived competitions of all kinds, it is comforting for those of us who can tell the real thing from a phoney, to salute the passing of a great boxer from a time when being the best was something you proved by your prowess, and not by the activities of your PR man.
Whether you think it's contrived or even a bit cheesy there's no denying the quality of the band is second to none and the tunes are catchy and uplifting.
In addition to the setting and approach being contrived, discrete trial critics have argued that there is a lack of skill generalization, that the instructional approach only produces rote responding, and that there is an inability to teach sequential chains since instruction only occurs as discrete trials (Steege et al.
3 : to manage to bring about or do <She contrived to get there on time.
With material this contrived, it's easy to understand why Carrey seems lost and Schumacher works overtime laying on the design to distract you from the thinness of the story.
Although the September 11 tie-in seems somewhat contrived and only marginally relevant to the story, Beard does a commendable job of entering the mind of a teenage girl as she negotiates a rocky relationship with her real father and tries to adjust to a changed life with her grieving mother, her stepdad and younger sister Era.
After the war, popular sentiment contrived to discourage the East German Communist authorities from clearing away the Frauenkirche's ruins and its blackened stones lay untouched for decades.
Many of the events and situations are contrived and, hence, not quite believable.
President Bush makes no secret of his religious zeal, but like so many in this country who profess faith in Christ, his piety seems a little contrived.
The ending is a bit contrived but rest of the tale is fun.
Adiutori, problems are solved with the important variables combined in contrived parameters, such as resistances, coefficients, and moduluses.
Besides pacing failures, many of which come from an overabundance of symbolism, there are also a failed puppet show; the endless performance-art sequence involving peeling and eating an orange; the too small sets, deformed pieces of furniture, and a bizarre inflatable "mountain"; and such contrived metaphors for good memories as oranges and orange-colored costumes or props.