a. The act or practice of manipulating.
b. The state of being manipulated.
2. Shrewd or devious management, especially for one's own advantage.
[French, from Spanish manipulación, manipulation (originally of implements and substances in alchemical procedures), from Latin manipulus, sheaf, handful; see MANIPLE.]
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