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Definition of manipulative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//məˈnɪpyəˌleɪt̮ɪv//
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  1. 1(disapproving) skillful at influencing someone or forcing someone to do what you want, often in an unfair way manipulative behavior He's extremely manipulative, so don't let him persuade you.
  2. 2(formal) connected with the ability to handle objects skillfully manipulative skills such as typing and knitting
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