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manipulative

[muh-nip-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv] /məˈnɪp yəˌleɪ tɪv, -yə lə tɪv/
adjective
1.
influencing or attempting to influence the behavior or emotions of others for one’s own purposes:
a manipulative boss.
2.
of or pertaining to manipulation of objects or parts of the body; serving to manipulate:
spinal manipulative therapy.
noun
3.
Usually, manipulatives. any of various objects or materials that students can touch and move around in order to help them learn mathematical and other concepts:
the use of blocks, flashcards, and other manipulatives in the classroom.
Related forms
manipulatively, adverb
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Examples for manipulative
  • They have subtle tendencies to be sneaky, plotting and manipulative at times.
  • Instead they're using underhanded, disrespectful, and manipulative means.
  • It also indicates that you will be manipulative once hired.
  • His manipulative measures only put off the inevitable.
  • Even obviously manipulative compliments are remarkably effective.
  • Learning is hands on, making wide use of manipulative materials and done in mixed-age groupings of four or five children.
  • Academe is full of petty, jealous, manipulative people.
  • The depiction of the media as an amoral, manipulative power is also well-worn.
  • And then, with complete disregard for his manipulative tendencies, amazingly re-elect him.
  • His negative ads were more numerous, more manipulative and sometimes flagrantly dishonest.
Word Origin and History for manipulative
manipulative
1836, from manipulate + -ive.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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