from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Serving, tending, or having the power to manipulate.
  • noun Any of various objects designed to be moved or arranged by hand as a means of developing motor skills or understanding abstractions, especially in mathematics.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to manipulation: as, manipulative power or skill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to manipulation; performed by manipulation.
  • adjective Prone to attempt to influence others by devious or subtle psychological means, in order to induce them to do what one wants.
  • noun (Education) 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Tending to manipulate others.
  • adjective pejorative Reaching one's goals at the expense of other people by using them.
  • noun A manipulable object designed to demonstrate a mathematical concept.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage


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