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contrived
used in Lonesome Dove

2 uses
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Definition
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
  • At least they had the luxury of surplus horses, or did if Gus and Jake hadn't contrived to fiddle around and lose them.
    Chapters 15-16 (76% in)
  • The others had been cleared, minor culprits having simply been turned loose in order to lessen the chances that Blue Duck might somehow contrive an escape.
    Chapters 101-102 (57% in)

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