Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The use of the hands in mesmeric operations.
  • n. Artful management; ; sometimes, a management or treatment for purposes of deception or fraud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
  • n. 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 manipule, handful, as of grain, 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

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

    Trade and Growth

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Boot Camp

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • But in another regulation issued this year, the agency expressed "concern" with what it termed the "manipulation" of its rules to win an 8 percent increase for one state at the expense of others.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • But in another regulation issued this year, the agency expressed concern with what it termed the "manipulation" of its rules to win an 8 percent increase for one state at the expense of others.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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