Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or practice of manipulating.
  • noun The state of being manipulated.
  • noun Shrewd or devious management, especially for one's own advantage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or art of manipulating; manual management; manual and mechanical operation of any kind in science or art, specifically, in pharmacy, the preparation of drugs; in chem., the preparation and employment of utensils, apparatus, and reagents in chemical work.
  • noun Figuratively, the act of operating upon anything by contrivance or influence; management; specifically, insidious management; adjustment or accommodation to one's own purpose or advantage: as, manipulation of voters, figures, or facts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of manipulating, or the state of being manipulated; the act of handling work by hand; use of the hands, in an artistic or skillful manner, in science or art.
  • noun The use of the hands in mesmeric operations.
  • noun Artful management; ; sometimes, a management or treatment for purposes of deception or fraud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The practice of manipulating or the state of being manipulated.
  • noun The skillful use of the hands in, for example, chiropractic.
  • noun The management of some situation, especially for one’s own advantage.
  • noun The usage of psychological influence over a person or situation to gain an outcome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
  • noun the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Spanish manipulación, manipulation (originally of implements and substances in alchemical procedures), from Latin manipulus, sheaf, handful; see maniple.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French manipule (from Latin manipulus) + -ation.

Examples

  • It is for this reason that the term manipulation is next to useless - apply a broad enough definition and you indict any goal-oriented communication as "manipulation".

    Roissy in DC

  • It is for this reason that the term manipulation is next to useless - apply a broad enough definition and you indict any goal-oriented communication as "manipulation".

    Roissy in DC

  • Let me concede two things – the term manipulation is not needed here.

    Trade and Growth

  • Media manipulation is an ongoing problem this year just to get their ratings up.

    Blitzer: Should Clinton's swing state edge be a factor?

  • OGS, I believe your observations are valid and your assessment of media manipulation is accurate.

    Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children? « Antiwar.com Blog

  • The most worrying use of word manipulation is the sinister way in which the U. S CIA have diluted the word torture to “external rendition” or “stressed interrogation”.

    Busted Up For Dogmeat. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • A prime example of the manipulation is the Video being released by Lawyers to manipulate public sentiment

    Letter to Harper regarding Omar Khadr : Law is Cool

  • Now that is what we call manipulation, Harry says with just a hint of annoyance.

    Boot Camp

  • Now that is what we call manipulation, Harry says with just a hint of annoyance.

    Boot Camp

  • Three jobless men braved the sweltering heat on Wednesday and walked the 68 kilometres from Johannesburg to Pretoria demanding job creation and an end to what they called the manipulation of employment conditions and wages by trade unions.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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