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manipulate + -ive
manipulative (comparative more manipulative, superlative most manipulative)
- Using manipulation purposefully.
- 2012 January 1, Robert M. Pringle, “How to Be Manipulative”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, archived from the original on 3 October 2013, page 31:
- As in much of biology, the most satisfying truths in ecology derive from manipulative experimentation. Tinker with nature and quantify how it responds.
- Tending to manipulate.
- (derogatory) Reaching one's goals at the expense of other people by using them.
- You manipulative bitch!
describing a person who manipulates others
manipulative (plural manipulatives)
- (mathematics) A manipulable object designed to demonstrate a mathematical concept.
- 2008 April 25, Kenneth Chang, “Study Suggests Math Teachers Scrap Balls and Slices”, in New York Times:
- Some children need manipulatives to learn math basics, Dr. Clements said, but only as a starting point.
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