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used in In Cold Blood

2 uses
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unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
  • The little collection of fruit-bearers growing by the river was his attempt to contrive, rain or no, a patch of the paradise, the green, apple-scented Eden, he envisioned.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (14% in)
  • While he had fewer tattoos than his companion, they were more elaborate-not the self-inflicted work of an amateur but epics of art contrived by Honolulu and Yokohama masters.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (41% in)

There are no more uses of "contrived" in In Cold Blood.

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