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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 manipulatives
  • The purpose of this memo is to provide you with clarification regarding the use of test manipulatives.
  • Allow the students to use their manipulatives to work through the problem before they draw their pictures.
  • Ask the students to copy it with their own manipulatives.
  • Lessons incorporate visual models, including manipulatives, to reinforce learning.
Word Origin and History for manipulatives

manipulative

adj.

1816, in literal sense, from manipulate + -ive. Related: Manipulatively; manipulativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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