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 Dictionary entry overview: What does manipulative mean? 

MANIPULATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective MANIPULATIVE has 1 sense:

1. skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage

  Familiarity information: MANIPULATIVE used as an adjective is very rare.

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MANIPULATIVE (adjective)

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Skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage

Context example:

the early manipulative techniques of a three-year-old child


artful (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft)

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