Definition of manipulative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈnɪpjələtɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɪpjəleɪtɪv//
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  1. 1(disapproving) skilful at influencing somebody or forcing somebody to do what you want, often in an unfair way manipulative behaviour He’s extremely manipulative, so don’t let him persuade you.
  2. 2(formal) connected with the ability to handle objects skilfully manipulative skills such as typing and knitting
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