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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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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].
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.
There were details in their new production of Puccini's Tosca which struck me as totally wellfound, not least the hint of a relationship between the actress Floria Tosca (at once pious and voluptuous) and chief of police Scarpia (torn between religious zeal and manipulatory lust) which might easily have flowered.
Since the first antimicrobial peptide isolation from the giant silk moth Hyalophora cecropia in 1981, insects have become the important manipulatory source in which almost 50% of the characterized antimicrobial peptides were contributed by the insect orders [3].
She's just a cheap, manipulatory, conniving money grabber.