manipulation

[muh-nip-yuh-ley-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of manipulating.
2.
the state or fact of being manipulated.
3.
skillful or artful management.

Origin:
1720–30; < French, equivalent to manipule handful (of grains, etc.; see maniple) + -ation -ation

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manipulate (məˈnɪpjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to handle or use, esp with some skill, in a process or action: to manipulate a pair of scissors
2.  to negotiate, control, or influence (something or someone) cleverly, skilfully, or deviously
3.  to falsify (a bill, accounts, etc) for one's own advantage
4.  (in physiotherapy) to examine or treat manually, as in loosening a joint
 
[C19: back formation from manipulation, from Latin manipulus handful]
 
manipulability
 
n
 
ma'nipulatable
 
adj
 
ma'nipulable
 
adj
 
manipu'lation
 
n
 
ma'nipulative
 
adj
 
ma'nipulatively
 
adv
 
ma'nipulator
 
n
 
ma'nipulatory
 
adj

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manipulation
c.1730, "a method of digging ore," from Fr. manipulation, from manipule "handful" (a pharmacists' measure), from L. manipulus "handful, sheaf," from manus "hand" (see manual) + root of plere "to fill" (see plenary). Sense of "skillful handling
of objects" is first recorded 1826; extended 1828 to "handling of persons" as well as objects.
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manipulation ma·nip·u·la·tion (mə-nĭp'yə-lā'shən)
n.

  1. The act or the practice of manipulating.

  2. The state of being manipulated.

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Example sentences
Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle
  individual papers, write and take notes.
If all things were equal, currency manipulation would have an effect on trade,
  but things are far from equal.
Manipulation of habitat and the high populations of the introduced fire ant are
  believed to be key factors in the decline.
The third group was not exposed to any manipulation.
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