Definition of 'manipulative'
Example sentences containing 'manipulative'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Leaders need to be manipulative and selfish at times. The Sun (2010)They are highly manipulative individuals who love to play mind games with you. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The real challenge is to discuss changes with those manipulative individuals who cornered you to begin with. Times, Sunday Times (2009)They were all manipulative and selfish. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He is a manipulative cunning man. The Sun (2014)His demands on your daughter seem unreasonable, aggressive and emotionally manipulative. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The wicked woman in yesterday's case was cunning and manipulative. The Sun (2009)He was manipulative and cunning, and would resort to anything to get his own way. Times, Sunday Times (2009)VENABLES always was and remains a very sick and manipulative individual. The Sun (2013)A life tainted by tragedy has left her emotionally unstable, manipulative and messed up. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But at the very least I think the evidence suggests that nasty and manipulative behaviour is not essential. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Don't let's minimise his perverse and manipulative behaviour. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He was a selfish, manipulative, evil man. The Sun (2010)Somehow he has mastered the art of conveying feeling, strong feeling, without seeming emotionally manipulative. Times, Sunday Times (2008)These require you to face manipulative individuals, relinquish your rights unfairly or be exquisitely tactful when you'd be justified in blowing up. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Trends of 'manipulative'
In Common Usage. manipulative is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'manipulative'
British English: manipulative ADJECTIVE
If someone is manipulative, they skilfully force or persuade people to act in the way that they want.
He described them as cold, calculating and manipulative.
Definition of manipulative from the Collins English Dictionary
The language of love: 5 ways to express your love on Valentine’s Day
In the market for some new terms of endearment? Here’s the etymology behind some of the most popular.
Part One: Unlocking Mandarin with Paul Noble
We sent one of the Collins team for a one-to-one learning experience with the man himself, and here’s how they found part one of the course.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.