Contrive – Arrange or create something with clever planning
To remember the definition of the word contrive, use the following mnemonic:
To control this drive (contrive) needs clever planning.
Examples of contrive in a sentence
The movie’s contrived plot about the killer butterflies did not make sense to anyone in the audience.
The teacher did not believe Hank’s contrived excuse about his missing homework.
When the detective looked around the house, he saw a contrived scene that made him believe the kidnapping was staged.