manipulative

[muh-nip-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv]
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.

manipulatively, adverb
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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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manipulative
1836, from manipulate + -ive.
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Example sentences
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.
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