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1Characterized by unscrupulous control of a situation or person.‘she was sly, selfish, and manipulative’
scheming, calculating, cunning, crafty, wily, shrewd, devious, designing, conniving, machiavellian, artful, guileful, slippery, slick, sly, unscrupulous, disingenuous, media-savvyView synonyms
- ‘They are trained to perform osteopathic manipulative treatment.’
- ‘I'm increasingly angry at my brother and his wife for their manipulative ways.’
- ‘I don't want to hear about your mind games or your manipulative tricks anymore.’
- ‘For that, she is condemned as secretive and manipulative.’
- ‘There's something very calculating and manipulative about how he does things.’
- ‘Unfortunately, the excruciating, manipulative girlfriend he's been trying to dump might have cancer.’
- ‘It fitted with his manipulative desire to control and dominate.’
- ‘She was certainly clever enough, but her nature was not conniving or manipulative in any way.’
- ‘Evie is a manipulative, dangerous and damaged character, but Tracy is blind to this and easily gets swallowed up in Evie's world.’
- ‘Police say he was manipulative, dishonest, cunning and intimidating.’
- ‘He has been shown to be dishonest, calculating, egocentric, manipulative and a control freak.’
- ‘But what I admire, or more accurately, am in awe of, is his manipulative ability.’
- ‘My sister had told me of incidents of violence in the past, and of controlling and manipulative behaviour.’
- ‘You're not calculating, not manipulative, not any of those things.’
- ‘It was silly and manipulative, but I liked it anyway, in part because of how silly and manipulative it was.’
- ‘But what begins as manipulative flirtation soon turns into a dangerous and erotic game of passion, power and betrayal.’
- ‘Why is it when, after greatly resisting temptation you eventually weaken and submit to its manipulative forces?’
- ‘When the crown passed to Edward, just ten years old and physically frail, the way opened for manipulative adults to seize control.’
- ‘They were shrewd, but not smart; manipulative but not masterful.’
- ‘Francois Truffaut once said that the documentary is a thousand times more manipulative and deceptive than the work of fiction.’
2Relating to manipulation of an object or part of the body.‘a manipulative skill’
manual, done with one's hands, dexterousView synonyms
- ‘He would also be unable to undertake employment which involved prolonged fine manipulative skills.’
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