showing effects of planning or manipulation; "a novel with a contrived ending"
come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"
make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee"
Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial: ersatz coffee made mostly of chicory
an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
a compound made artificially by chemical reactions
of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts; "`all men are arrogant' is a synthetic proposition"
systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words
involving or of the nature of synthesis (combining separate elements to form a coherent whole) as opposed to analysis; "limnology is essentially a synthetic science composed of elements...that extend well beyond the limits of biology"- P.S.Welch
not genuine or natural; "counterfeit rhetoric that flourishes when passions are synthetic"- George Will
artificial as if portrayed in a film; "a novel with flat celluloid characters"
not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially; "man-made fibers"; "synthetic leather"
speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature; "an unnatural death"; "the child's unnatural interest in death"
not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm; "abnormal powers of concentration"; "abnormal amounts of rain"; "abnormal circumstances"; "an abnormal interest in food"