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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. manipulativeadjective

    skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage

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


  1. manipulativeadjective

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

  2. manipulativenoun

    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. manipulativenoun

    A manipulable object designed to demonstrate a mathematical concept.

  2. manipulativeadjective

    Tending to manipulate others.

  3. manipulativeadjective

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manipulativeadjective

    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. Linda Tripp:

    There wasn't a thing about those three months that were authentic. Everything prior to that was, but I needed everything to be recreated and it was beyond manipulative, did I want to do that ? Not necessarily, but I felt like I had no choice.

  2. D. Elton Trueblood:

    Engineering is a predictive science, not a manipulative art.

  3. Elizabeth Shultz:

    The message that they're trying to send to the second graders is exactly the mixed messages that adults are having to deal with, which is we feel unsafe out in the streets now because of the entire ‘defund the police’ movement that has led to less police presence, but now the police are being blamed for it. So it's this contradiction that is basically very manipulative -- and it's so inappropriate for second graders to have to grapple with this.

  4. The SEC:

    We will act to protect retail investors when the facts demonstrate abusive or manipulative trading activity that is prohibited by the federal securities laws, market participants should be careful to avoid such activity. Likewise, issuers must ensure compliance with the federal securities laws for any contemplated offers or sales of their own securities.

  5. John Griffin:

    Manipulation could very well be behind the recent market moves. To act like bitcoin and crypto currency prices are purely driven by supply and demand of little traders... ignores the specific mechanics of this marketplace, it would not be a stretch nor surprising to find that manipulative activity is behind the recent runup when the underlying market mechanics are similar to before.

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