What does manipulation mean?

Definitions for manipulation
məˌnɪp yəˈleɪ ʃənma·nip·u·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manipulation, usenoun

    exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage

    "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"

  2. handling, manipulationnoun

    the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means


  1. manipulationnoun

    The practice of manipulating or the state of being manipulated.

    The dealer's manipulations could have removed cards from the deck.

  2. manipulationnoun

    The skillful use of the hands in, for example, chiropractic.

    After a few minutes of manipulation each week, she obtained days of relief from her neck pain.

  3. manipulationnoun

    The devious management of some situation, especially for one's own advantage.

    He found that the new manager was known for his Macchiavellian manipulations in his last two positions.

  4. manipulationnoun

    The usage of psychological influence over a person or situation to gain a positive outcome.

    The counselor was able to reach the disturbed teen through positive psychological manipulation.

  5. Etymology: From manipule (from manipulus) + -ation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manipulationnoun

    the act or process of manipulating, or the state of being manipulated; the act of handling work by hand; use of the hands, in an artistic or skillful manner, in science or art

  2. Manipulationnoun

    the use of the hands in mesmeric operations

  3. Manipulationnoun

    artful management; as, the manipulation of political bodies; sometimes, a management or treatment for purposes of deception or fraud

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. manipulation.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manipulation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manipulation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of manipulation in a Sentence

  1. The US:

    The US politicians keep hyping a' diplomatic boycott' without even being invited to Winter Games. This wishful thinking and pure grandstanding is aimed at political manipulation.

  2. Veryan Khan:

    The Islamic State’s manipulation of the their high-production videos has become commonplace.

  3. Mark Esper:

    It is essential that we as an international community wake up to the challenges presented by Chinese manipulation of the long-standing international rules-based order.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    Pompeo and other American politicians use state security as an excuse and use state power to oppress Chinese high tech companies, we are firmly opposed to this, their actions have no factual basis, it's just smearing and political manipulation aimed to maintain the State Mike Pompeo monopoly in high-tech.

  5. Stan Aogartem:

    ... information can be treated like any other quantity and be subjected to the manipulation of a machine.

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