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     Print Edition: July 10, 2011

What it means: An unfortunate mix of 'facilitate' and 'manipulate', it means influencing the course of a discussion by indirectly promoting particular lines of thought.

Origin: The verb originated in the US in the 1980s, but became popular in the last decade.

Usage: "During a strategy meeting, we were facipulated into taking an inexpensive option."

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