AskDefine | Define manipulation

Dictionary Definition



1 exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous" [syn: use]
2 the action of touching with the hands or the skillful use of the hands [syn: handling]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The practice of manipulating or the state of being manipulated.
    The dealer's manipulations could have removed cards from the deck.
  2. The skillful use of the hands in, for example, chiropractic.
    After a few minutes of manipulation each week, she obtained days of relief from her neck pain.
  3. The devious management of some situation, especially for one’s own advantage.
    He found that the new manager was known for his Macchiavellian manipulations in his last two positions.


practice of manipulating
  • Dutch: manipulatie, gebruik
skillful use of the hands
  • Dutch: manipulatie
devious management
  • Dutch: manipulatie, misbruik

Extensive Definition

In general, manipulation is a human activity dealing with physical states of objects, or mental states of persons. The goal of manipulation is either not clear, or incomprehensible or morally/legally unacceptable.
In particular, the word manipulation can refer to:
In finance:

See also

manipulation in Czech: Manipulace (rozcestník)
manipulation in French: Manipulation
manipulation in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Manipulation (disambiguation)
manipulation in Polish: Manipulacja
manipulation in Portuguese: Manipulação
manipulation in Russian: Манипуляция
manipulation in Finnish: Manipulointi

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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