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Secret PlansPlay
Use 'contrive' when suggesting clever planning done in secret, not something done openly. SlideShe contrived to surprise her friend with a secret party.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
'Contrive' sometimes implies dishonesty or artificiality in ones actions or plans. SlideThe carefully contrived excuses didn't convince anyone.
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Avoid OverusePlay
Use 'contrive' sparingly; it's a precise word best used for specific situations requiring ingenuity. SlideHe contrived a method to solve the puzzle quickly.