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stilted (comparative more stilted, superlative most stilted)

  1. Stiff and artificially formal.
    He gave a stilted bow and left.
  2. Pompous.
  3. (of a building) Supported by stilts.
  4. (by extension) Unnatural, contrived, depending on unnecessary, redundant elements.
    • 2000, Arlyn J. Roffman, Meeting the Challenge of Learning Disabilities in Adulthood
      Rather than observing how others handled this issue, she decided it was easier to make a blanket policy of simply referring to all her colleagues by their surnames; this proved to be a stilted solution, however, as the majority of personnel commonly referred to one another by their first names.

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