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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

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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. Barbara Underwood:

    Our office has zero tolerance for fraudulent or manipulative conduct that undermines our financial markets, financial institutions have a basic responsibility to play by the rules - and we will continue to hold those accountable who don't.

  2. 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?

  3. Eesha Pandit:

    For decades sterilization was used as a way to control populations considered ‘undesirable’ — immigrants, people of color, poor people, those with mental illnesses and disabilities, tying Ms. Creel’s sentencing to her sterilization formalizes the coercion — the threat of a harsher sentence is manipulative and dangerous, and aligns with a legacy of eugenic practices through the U.S.

  4. Penn Badgley:

    The point of my comment was not to confess a personal trauma, i was speaking about the way emotional and physical boundaries are violated for someone in the public eye, who is seen as an object of desire. Depending on so many factors, it can range from conscious abuse to something very unconscious -- and that is the point I was making, cautiously, in the context of a conversation about fanaticism and cultural norms which support manipulative or abusive behavior. These are the same norms which support predatory men, but not exclusively predatory men. They affect, and infect, us all.

  5. D. Elton Trueblood:

    Engineering is a predictive science, not a manipulative art.

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