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[muh-nip-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv] /məˈnɪp yəˌleɪ tɪv, -yə lə tɪv/

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

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


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