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manipulation

[muh-nip-yuh-ley-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of manipulating.
  2. the state or fact of being manipulated.
  3. skillful or artful management.
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Origin of manipulation

1720–30; < French, equivalent to manipule handful (of grains, etc.; see maniple) + -ation -ation
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n.

c.1730, a method of digging ore, from French manipulation, from manipule "handful" (a pharmacists' measure), from Latin manipulus "handful, sheaf, bundle," from manus "hand" (see manual) + root of plere "to fill" (see pleio-). Sense of "skillful handling of objects" is first recorded 1826; extended 1828 to "handling of persons" as well as objects.

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manipulation

(mə-nĭp′yə-lāshən)
n.
  1. The act or the practice of manipulating.
  2. The state of being manipulated.
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