Manipulation vs Control - What's the difference?

manipulation | control |

As nouns the difference between manipulation and control

is that manipulation is the practice of manipulating or the state of being manipulated while control is influence or authority over.

As a verb control is

to exercise influence over; to suggest or dictate the behavior of.



(en noun)
  • The practice of manipulating or the state of being manipulated.
  • The dealer's manipulations could have removed cards from the deck.
  • The skillful use of the hands in, for example, chiropractic.
  • After a few minutes of manipulation each week, she obtained days of relief from her neck pain.
  • The management of some situation, especially for one’s own advantage.
  • He found that the new manager was known for his Machiavellian manipulations in his last two positions.
  • The usage of psychological influence over a person or situation to gain an outcome.
  • The counselor was able to reach the disturbed teen through positive psychological manipulation .

    See also

    * pedipulation ----




  • To exercise influence over; to suggest or dictate the behavior of.
  • * With a simple remote, he could control the toy truck.
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    Derived terms

    * controller * controlling * controllable * controllability *


    * * manage * * rule


    * obey, submit (to be controlled ) * defy, rebel, resist (not to be controlled )


  • (countable, uncountable) Influence or authority over.
  • A separate group or subject in an experiment against which the results are compared where the primary variable is low or non-existent.
  • The method and means of governing the performance of any apparatus, machine or system, such as a lever, handle or button.
  • Restraint or ability to contain one's movements or emotions, or self-control.
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  • She had no control of her body as she tumbled downhill. She did not know up from down. It was not unlike being cartwheeled in a relentlessly crashing wave.
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  • A security mechanism, policy, or procedure that can counter system attack, reduce risks, and resolve vulnerabilities; a safeguard or countermeasure.
  • (project management) A means of monitoring for, and triggering intervention in, activities that are not going according to plan.
  • A duplicate book, register, or account, kept to correct or check another account or register.
  • (Johnson)
  • (graphical user interface) An interface element that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box.
  • Synonyms

    * (GUI) widget

    Derived terms

    * control character * control panel * control tower * cruise control * in control * master control * mind control * out of control * proportional control * race control * self-control * under control