contrived contrived  /kən ˈtraɪvd/


  1. (adj) showing effects of planning or manipulation
  2. (adj) artificially formal



  • But for the contrived ending, it would have been a good novel.


  1. Lawmaker accuses Google of highly contrived efforts to dodge taxes

    LONDON — An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search giant Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday, issuing a scathing report that said the U.S. Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  2. MPs' report criticises Google's tax affairs

    By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - MPs described Google's tax affairs as "contrived" in a report released on Thursday and called on the UK tax authority to vigorously investigate whether the company was acting within the law. The parliamentary investigation was prompted by a Reuters report, which showed the company employed staff in sales roles in London, even though it had told MPs in November ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. U.K. Lawmakers Slam Google Over ‘Contrived’ Tax Strategy

    U.K. lawmakers attacked Google Inc. (GOOG) for defending a “highly contrived” strategy of booking advertising sales through Ireland to reduce its tax liability in Britain.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. "In a year with the injustice of Jena Six, nooses hung around the country and the Tiger Woods-Golfweek scandal, Major League Baseball's false impersonations of friendships and ill-contrived questions further press sensitive racial stereotypes, with...
    on Jan 30, 2008 By: Jesse Jackson Source: USA Today

  2. John Adams, America's first vice president, complained: "My country in its wisdom has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived."
    on Jun 6, 2008 By: John Adams Source: Washington Post

  3. "It is obvious that the reasons given for the firings of these prosecutors were contrived as part of a cover-up and that the stonewalling by the White House is part and parcel of that same effort," said Senate Judiciary Committee chairman...
    on Jul 26, 2007 By: Patrick Leahy Source: Advertiser Adelaide

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