manipulative manipulative  /mə ˈnɪp jə ˌleɪ tɪv/


  • (adj) skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage


  1. The Checkers speech was a defiant and manipulative statement that saved a career.
  2. Indeed, almost any word can, in some use, take on that extra baggage of bias or sentiment that makes for the truly manipulative word.
  3. To the daughter, Sukhreet Gabel, Myerson was a manipulative opportunist who banished her when the scam broke in the newspapers.


  1. Group sex gone wrong: Tell All gives 'creepy' advice to propositioned couple

    Dear Tell All: I want to speak to Straight Man, who went to dinner at a married couple's house with his wife, then found hosts George and Martha interested in group sex ("Foursome, Anyone?," 5/16/2013). George and Martha were at best inconsiderate, not noticing that you felt uncomfortable around them. At worst, they are manipulative predators who were grooming you and your wife. The couple tried ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Isthmus

  2. 'Unfinished Song' Review: Stamp and Redgrave Tune Up a Flat Melody

    By Alonso Duralde LOS ANGELES ( - "Stockholm Syndrome" is a phenomenon in which kidnappers mentally overpower their victims, eventually making the hostages side with their captors. "Stepmom Syndrome," named for the shameless 1998 tear-jerker starring Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts, occurs when manipulative movies pummel their audiences with so much emotional chicanery that viewers ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. In ‘Unfinished Song,’ Vanessa Redgrave Lives for Music

    "Unfinished Song" with Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp. To gag or to weep, that is the question. You may do both while watching “Unfinished Song,” a shamelessly sentimental, manipulative comic tear-jerker about a British chorus, the OAPz (for Old-Age Pensioners); a grumpy old man; and his saintly wife.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "In the wake of the elimination of the uptick rule, the value of many volatile stocks have plummeted due to an onslaught manipulative short sale practices," said Ackerman, who sits on the House Financial Services Committee.
    on Jan 9, 2009 By: Gary Ackerman Source: Reuters

  2. "When we started the animation process I was encouraged to scream a lot, but when I went back and looked at the cartoon, I found that she was much more confident and manipulative," explained Sarandon, who also got to be sinister as the queen's...
    on Nov 19, 2007 By: Susan Sarandon Source: KSBW

  3. "I don't like Hillary because she's so bossy and cold and manipulative and stuff, and I don't think having her in power is going to make any difference, basically, because she will have the same set of advisers," Greer said.
    on Mar 10, 2008 By: Germaine Greer Source: AFP

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