manipulative

[ muh-nip-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv ]
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adjective
  1. influencing or attempting to influence the behavior or emotions of others for one’s own purposes: a manipulative boss.

  2. of or relating to manipulation of objects or parts of the body; serving to manipulate: spinal manipulative therapy.

noun
  1. Usually manipulatives . any of various objects or materials that students can touch and move around in order to help them learn mathematical and other concepts: the use of blocks, flashcards, and other manipulatives in the classroom.

Origin of manipulative

1
First recorded in 1815–20; manipulat(e) + -ive

Other words from manipulative

  • ma·nip·u·la·tive·ly, adverb

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