manipulative

adjective ma·nip·u·la·tive \ mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tiv , -lə- \

Definition of manipulative

: of, relating to, or performed by manipulation
  • Osteopathy emphasizes manipulative techniques to correct abnormalities thought to cause disease and inhibit recovery.
  • —Carol L. Otis et al.
especially : serving or intended to control or influence others in an artful and often unfair or selfish way
  • a clever and manipulative child
  • manipulative behavior
  • Simpleminded as his critics found his ideas and remarks, cynical and manipulative as he may have been in actuality, he seemed to believe every word he said.
  • —Arthur Miller

First Known Use of manipulative

1834

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