Definition of Manipulation

1. Noun. Exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage. "His manipulation of his friends was scandalous"

Exact synonyms: Use
Generic synonyms: Influence
Specialized synonyms: Mind Game
Derivative terms: Manipulate, Manipulate, Use

2. Noun. The action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means.
Exact synonyms: Handling
Generic synonyms: Touch, Touching
Specialized synonyms: Fielding
Derivative terms: Handle, Manipulate, Manipulate

Definition of Manipulation

1. 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.

Definition of Manipulation

1. Noun. The practice of manipulating or the state of being manipulated. ¹

2. Noun. The skillful use of the hands in, for example, chiropractic. ¹

3. Noun. The devious management of some situation, especially for one’s own advantage. ¹

4. Noun. The usage of psychological influence over a person or situation to gain a positive outcome. ¹

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Definition of Manipulation

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Medical Definition of Manipulation

1. 1. 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. "Manipulation is to the chemist like the external senses to the mind." 2. The use of the hands in mesmeric operations. 3. Artful management; as, the manipulation of political bodies; sometimes, a management or treatment for purposes of deception or fraud. Origin: Cf. F. Manipulation. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Manipulation

manipulated variable
manipulation (current term)
manipulative electronic deception

Literary usage of Manipulation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. All the Children of All the People: A Study of the Attempt to Educate Everybody by William Hawley Smith (1912)
"Learning how to do — A Place for an Economic Waste Basket — manipulation and ... Man finds things in a certain state, or condition; and by manipulation he ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1893)
"REDUCTION OF DISLOCATIONS OF THE SHOULDER-JOINT BY manipulation. ... 1697), reports thirty cases of dislocation of the shoulder treated by manipulation. ..."

3. Auditing Theory and Practice by Robert Hiester Montgomery (1912)
"(b) manipulation of Accounts for Other Purposes: The abstraction of cash or goods is not the only reason for the manipulation of accounts. ..."

4. Unfair Competition: A Study of Certain Practices, with Some Reference to the by William Harrison Spring Stevens (1917)
"By manipulation the Naval Stores Combination then caused the Savannah market for turpentine to decline some 30 per cent within a period of two weeks. ..."

5. Europe Since 1815 by Charles Downer Hazen (1910)
"The manipulation of the voters. for the ministry directed the Government and the ... Bodies so small could be manipulated and the manipulation was the ..."

6. Behavior: An Introduction to Comparative Psychology by John Broadus Watson (1914)
"Habits of manipulation; birds.—Sensory habits. III. Curves of learning; motor habits.—Curves of learning; sensory habits.— Motor habits in human beings. ..."

7. The Psychology of Childhood by Naomi Norsworthy, Mary Theodora Whitley (1918)
"manipulation. — The tendency towards manipulation is another manifestation of the general instinct of physical . activity. A child pulls, pats, tears, ..."

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