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.

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

  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.

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. manipulation.]

  2. Manipulationnoun

    the use of the hands in mesmeric operations

    Etymology: [Cf. F. manipulation.]

  3. Manipulationnoun

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

    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. Jason Greenblatt:

    In some cases it might be more useful to provide information behind closed doors, but they wont engage with us that way, but more importantly, they are speaking loudly and publicly, so why should the U.S. not say something publicly and respond to accusations, misinformation or manipulation?

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    The game leads to the logical conclusion of the cyclical nature. From one play mentality of manipulation of populism to another. All modes change as the design and graphics of the game reality change.

  3. Hany Farid:

    It is striking that such a simple manipulation can be so effective and believable, to some, while I think that deep-fake technology poses a real threat, this type of low-tech fake shows that there is a larger threat of misinformation campaigns -- too many of us are willing to believe the worst in people that we disagree with.

  4. Patrick Lam:

    Because of the Connect, big amounts of funds from mainland and overseas joined this market, leading to more chances of manipulation.

  5. Walter E. Williams:

    Liberalism is a moral manipulation that exaggerates inequity and unfairness in American life in order to justify overreaching public policies and programs. Liberalism undermines the spirit of self-help and individual responsibility. For liberals in academia, the fact that black college students earn lower grades and have a higher dropout rate than any group besides reservation Indians means that blacks remain stymied and victimized by white racism. Thus, their push for affirmative action and other race-based programs is to assuage their guilt and shame for America’s past by having people around with black skin color. The heck with the human being inside that skin.

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