Etymology
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manipulation (n.)

by 1730, a method of digging ore, from French manipulation, from manipule "handful" (a pharmacists' measure), from Latin manipulus "handful, sheaf, bundle," from manus "hand" (from PIE root *man- (2) "hand") + root of plere "to fill" (from PIE root *pele- (1) "to fill"). Sense of "skillful handling of objects" is attested by 1826; extended 1828 to "handling or managing of persons," especially to one's own advantage.

Origin and meaning of manipulation

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Definitions of manipulation

manipulation (n.)
exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage;
his manipulation of his friends was scandalous
Synonyms: use
manipulation (n.)
the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means;
Synonyms: handling
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