ma·​nip·​u·​la·​tive mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tiv How to pronounce manipulative (audio)
: 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
manipulatively adverb
manipulativeness noun

Examples of manipulative in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of manipulative was in 1834

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“Manipulative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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