- to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner: to manipulate people's feelings.
- to handle, manage, or use, especially with skill, in some process of treatment or performance: to manipulate a large tractor.
- to adapt or change (accounts, figures, etc.) to suit one's purpose or advantage.
- Medicine/Medical. to examine or treat by skillful use of the hands, as in palpation, reduction of dislocations, or changing the position of a fetus.
Origin of manipulate
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Examples from the Web for manipulatory
It must have manipulatory organs, such as this being very obviously did have—organs very much like his own.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
Among them is a fragment considered as the ne plus ultra of the chemical and manipulatory skill of the ancient workers.Reminiscences of Glass-making
- (tr) to handle or use, esp with some skill, in a process or actionto manipulate a pair of scissors
- to negotiate, control, or influence (something or someone) cleverly, skilfully, or deviously
- to falsify (a bill, accounts, etc) for one's own advantage
- (in physiotherapy) to examine or treat manually, as in loosening a joint
Word Origin and History for manipulatory
1827, "to handle skillfully by hand," a back-formation from manipulation. Of mental influence, from 1864. Financial sense is from 1870. In mid-20c., it served as a euphemism for "masturbation." Related: Manipulated; manipulating.
- To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes.