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Definitions for manipulative
məˈnɪp yəˌleɪ tɪv, -yə lə tɪvma·nip·u·la·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manipulative(adj)

    skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage

    "the early manipulative techniques of a three-year-old child"


  1. manipulative(a.)

    Prone to attempt to influence others by devious or subtle psychological means, in order to induce them to do what one wants.

  2. manipulative(n.)

    Any object given to children to encourage them to learn by manipulating physical objects; applied especially to solid objects of varying geometrical shape that can be fit together to form larger aggregates.


  1. manipulative(Noun)

    A manipulable object designed to demonstrate a mathematical concept.

  2. manipulative(Adjective)

    Tending to manipulate others.

  3. manipulative(Adjective)

    Reaching one's goals at the expense of other people by using them.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manipulative(adj)

    of or pertaining to manipulation; performed by manipulation

How to pronounce manipulative?

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How to say manipulative in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manipulative in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manipulative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of manipulative in a Sentence

  1. D. Elton Trueblood:

    Engineering is a predictive science, not a manipulative art.

  2. David Mattila:

    This insecurity can even lead to more extreme and manipulative behaviors.

  3. Oliver Krischer:

    There is obviously a system of fraud and lies, i assume that the minister was informed that such manipulative devices were used.

  4. Prosecutor Mukul Chawla:

    The reality is that he simply changed his mind, was he lying to the SFO then, is he lying now, or is he simply a man out for himself, thoroughly dishonest and manipulative?

  5. Rev James Bretzke:

    Therefore, I would judge it personally in bad taste and especially manipulative to present it to the Holy Father in a situation like that where it clearly hadn't been cleared ahead of time.

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