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used in Frankenstein

3 uses
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unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
  • She procured plain work; she plaited straw and by various means contrived to earn a pittance scarcely sufficient to support life.
    Chapter 1 (27% in)
  • I observed this also and contrived a fan of branches, which roused the embers when they were nearly extinguished.
    Chapter 11 (33% in)
  • Here also we made some acquaintances, who almost contrived to cheat me into happiness.
    Chapter 19 (51% in)

There are no more uses of "contrived" in Frankenstein.

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