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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.
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The religious liberty argument is not contrived. The law as written would obligate self-insured Catholic institutions to provide funds for practices that are contrary to out religious beliefs, to the common good, and natural law.--James Thornton
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., 2007; Sundberg & Partington, 1998).
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.
The tandem increases in natural rubber and petroleum product prices (some market driven and some contrived) pretty much affected most ingredients that go into rubber product manufacturing.
To render the pictorial structure homologous with its subject's classificatory premise, the illusionism of the foreground gives way to a deeper perspectival system within which the contrived displays and members of the paying public are similarly pinioned.
Spokesman Tom Craig, a former senior detective with Scotland Yard's fraud squad, says: "Contrived accidents cost about pounds 15,000 a time.
Many of the events and situations are contrived and, hence, not quite believable.
I read that the value of diamonds is contrived and arbitrary and that their actual value is only a mere fraction of what people pay for them.