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The plots are even more contrived than what you’d find in the average family sitcom, past or present.
Scientists tell us that from the point of view of optics the human eye is a clumsy instrument poorly contrived for its work.
Anyway there was a lot of embroidery on it, full of little holes, which somehow contrived to be extraordinarily fetching.
Her clothes were good and new, but some desolate dressmaker had contrived to invest them with an air of hopeless dowdiness.
It was not purposely contrived, it was in automatic obedience to deeper impulses than she knew.
THE WAVEALGERNON BLACKWOOD
As a consequence several varieties of curtains, all involving the use of asbestos, have been contrived.
ASBESTOSROBERT H. JONES
The "effects" were astonishingly well contrived by both author and producer (Mr. Holman Clark).
There were great exclamations of satisfaction, and gratitude; "it was the very thing wanted, only how could he have contrived it?"
THE DAISY CHAINCHARLOTTE YONGE
Science began with astronomy, and the first instruments which men contrived for the purpose of investigation were astronomical.
OUTLINES OF THE EARTH'S HISTORYNATHANIEL SOUTHGATE SHALER
These instruments were of a simple nature, for the magnifying glass was not yet contrived, and so the telescope was impossible.
OUTLINES OF THE EARTH'S HISTORYNATHANIEL SOUTHGATE SHALER

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