ma·​nip·​u·​la·​tive | \ mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tiv How to pronounce manipulative (audio) , -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

Other Words from manipulative

manipulatively adverb
manipulativeness noun

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of manipulative

usually disapproving : using or controlling other people in a clever and often unfair or selfish way

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