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contrived
used in 1776

only 1 use
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Definition
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
  • The chimney in the room above ought, if it could be so contrived, to be an angle chimney as the others are: but I would not have this attempted at the expense of pulling down the partition.
    p. 228.1

There are no more uses of "contrived" in 1776.

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