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manipulative (adj.)

1816, in literal sense "of or pertaining to physical manipulation," from manipulate + -ive. In the sense of "tending to manage by mental influence," especially for one's own purposes, by 1909. Related: Manipulatively; manipulativeness.

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Definitions of manipulative

manipulative (adj.)
skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage;
the early manipulative techniques of a three-year-old child
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