[ muh-nip-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv ]
/ məˈnɪp yəˌleɪ tɪv, -yə lə tɪv /


influencing or attempting to influence the behavior or emotions of others for one’s own purposes: a manipulative boss.
of or relating to manipulation of objects or parts of the body; serving to manipulate: spinal manipulative therapy.


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.

Nearby words

  1. maniple,
  2. manipulable,
  3. manipular,
  4. manipulate,
  5. manipulation,
  6. manipulator,
  7. manipur,
  8. manisa,
  9. manit,
  10. manito

Related formsma·nip·u·la·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for manipulative



1816, in literal sense, from manipulate + -ive. Related: Manipulatively; manipulativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper