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[muh-nip-yuh-ley-shuh n] /məˌnɪp yəˈleɪ ʃən/
the act of manipulating.
the state or fact of being manipulated.
skillful or artful management.
Origin of manipulation
1720-30; < French, equivalent to manipule handful (of grains, etc.; see maniple) + -ation -ation Unabridged
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  • There had been observed something peculiar in his mode of manipulation.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • I anticipate no difficulty, though it requires some thought in manipulation.

  • It is so beautiful in its extreme delicacy and manipulation that it delights me always.

    Forty Years of 'Spy' Leslie Ward
  • But to attack the beam from Mars, a manipulation of Wandl was necessary.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • Under other circumstances the manipulation of my wounds, for they now felt painful, might have caused me annoyance.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
Word Origin and History for manipulation

c.1730, a method of digging ore, from French manipulation, from manipule "handful" (a pharmacists' measure), from Latin manipulus "handful, sheaf, bundle," from manus "hand" (see manual) + root of plere "to fill" (see pleio-). Sense of "skillful handling of objects" is first recorded 1826; extended 1828 to "handling of persons" as well as objects.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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manipulation in Medicine

manipulation ma·nip·u·la·tion (mə-nĭp'yə-lā'shən)

  1. The act or the practice of manipulating.

  2. The state of being manipulated.

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