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tr.v. ma·nip·u·lat·ed, ma·nip·u·lat·ing, ma·nip·u·lates
1. To move, arrange, operate, or control by the hands or another body part or by mechanical means, especially in a skillful manner: She manipulated the lights to get just the effect she wanted. See Synonyms at handle.
2. To influence or manage shrewdly or deviously: He manipulated public opinion in his favor.
3. To tamper with or falsify for personal gain: tried to manipulate stock prices.
4. Medicine To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes: manipulate a joint; manipulate the position of a fetus during delivery.

[Back-formation from manipulation.]

ma·nip′u·lat′a·ble adj.
ma·nip′u·la′tor n.
ma·nip′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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For example, irony gives away the manipulatory as well as arbitrary nature of politics that attempts to authenticate and legitimize a given power formation, and to credibly represent it not as Gesellschaft but Gemeinschaft.
Human CST projections are not completely homologous to the descending CST in rodents (which in these species projects mainly to the forelimbs and is mainly located in the dorsal rather than lateral columns) [1], nonetheless, because of the importance of CST projections in fine manipulatory motor control, this pathway has been a focus of many experimental repair strategies aimed at restoring function following SCI.
Some manipulatory procedures to the feeding strategies of poultry such as feed restriction can be applied in order to improve feed conversion and cost, and reducing metabolic diseases and fat deposition in broiler carcasses [5].
Comparative anatomical study of the forearm extensor muscles of Cebus libidinosus (Rylands et al., 2000; Primates, Cebidae), modern humans, and other primates, with comments on primate evolution, phylogeny, and manipulatory behavior.
Improved understanding of human manipulatory skills would be critical to designing a broad range of interactive robotic-manipulation systems, from telesurgical systems to various teleoperated vehicles and more generally to human user control of complex machinery.
(The movie is based on Jane's 2007 memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen") It speaks to Marsh's deft directorial style and producer-writer Anthony McCarten's of thumorous Oscar-nominated script that the movie never resorts to cheap manipulatory tactics to make us side with either Stephen or Jane as they struggle to carry on as a normal couple in the face of extraordinary circumstances.