uncontrived

Anything that's uncontrived is natural or spontaneous, rather than fake or pre-planned. An uncontrived speech feels real and heartfelt rather than overly rehearsed and stiff.

If something is false or carefully constructed to appear a certain way, it's contrived. When you add the prefix un-, "not," you get uncontrived. It's a great way to describe things that are genuine. A photographer might prefer taking uncontrived, candid shots of passersby, rather than staging more formal studio portraits.

Definitions of uncontrived
  1. adjective
    not by design or artifice; unforced and impromptu
    synonyms: unstudied
    unaffected
    free of artificiality; sincere and genuine
    candid
    informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared
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    Antonyms:
    studied
    produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation
    affected, unnatural
    speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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