influencing or attempting to influence the behavior or emotions of others for one’s own purposes: a manipulative boss.
of or pertaining to manipulation
of objects or parts of the body; serving to manipulate
: spinal manipulative therapy.
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.