manipulative
manipulative ma*nip"u*la*tive, a. 1. Of or pertaining to manipulation; performed by manipulation. [1913 Webster]

2. Prone to attempt to influence others by devious or subtle psychological means, in order to induce them to do what one wants. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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