manipulative

[muh-nip-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-tiv]

adjective

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.

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for manipulatives

manipulative

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper