manu-, man-, mani-, mandat-, manda-

(Latin: hand or hands)

manually (adverb) (no comparatives)
1. Relating to something that is operated or accomplished by the use of hands and not produced mechanically or electronically: The cows on the small farm were milked manually by the farmhand and not by using machines of any kind.

Paul's muscles have been well developed as a result of manually working over the years.

2. Etymology: from Latin manualis, "of the hand"; from manus, "hand".
manufacture (verb), manufactures; manufactured; manufacturing
To produce goods or wares by hand labor or by machinery; especially, on a large scale: James is working with a company that manufactures televisions.
manufacturer (s) (noun), manufacturers (pl)
A company that makes a product or groups of products: When Jim purchased his new computer, he was told to follow the instructions recommended by the manufacturer.

The advertisements on TV declared that the most reliable car was produced by one of the country's leading manufacturers.

manumotive (adjective), more manumotive, most manumotive
Anything that can be moved by a hand or the hands: Jane went for a walk and was pushing a four-wheeled manumotive carriage, or baby buggy, with her little boy in it to get some fresh air.
manumotor (s) (noun), manumotors (pl)
1. A small wheel carriage, so constructed that a person sitting in it may move it by using his or her hands: A wheelchair is the most common manumotor most people know about.
2. Etymology: from Latin manus-, "hand" + movere, "to move".
manuscribe (noun), manuscribes; manuscribed; manuscribing
1. To write with one’s hand or to write by hand: Lynn’s grandfather manuscribed his everyday activities in a diary with exceptionally beautiful script.
2. To write a book, a document, or a piece of music by hand rather than as a typed or printed production: The author could think and manuscribe his ideas for his next novel on paper better than by using a computer.
manuscript (s) (noun), manuscripts (pl)
1. A book or other text that is composed by hand; especially, one written before the invention of printing: The young author, Miss Owens, presented her first short story as a manuscript to the publishing company, hoping that they would think about publishing it.
2. Handwriting as opposed to machine-printed words: Grace was noted for her beautiful manuscript which looked almost as if she had written it using the cursive font on a computer.
Mens et manus. (Latin motto)
Translation: "Mind and hand."

A motto of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

mortmain (s) (noun), mortmains (pl)
1. The perpetual, nontransferable, and non-salable ownership of property by organizations; such as, churches: The land held by the place of worship was kept by mortmain, never to be passed on or sold to companies or people.
2. The often oppressive influence of the past on the present: Some people have lived through very disturbing and stressful conditions as children; for example, a divorce in the family or having both parents being unemployed, having debts with no money in the bank, and various other kinds of mortmains that have impacted their way of living as adults.
3. Etymology: from Latin mortua manus; literally "dead hand"; from mors, "dead" + mamus, "hand"..
nonmandatory (adjective) (not comparative)
Not required by any rule or law; nonobligatory; voluntary: Jane was a very good student who enjoyed taking nonmandatory classes even when they were not necessary for completing her university degree.
pedimana (s) (noun), pedimanas (pl)
Certain mammals that have grasping hands and feet, each with five digits or fingers: There are many pedimanas most of which inhabit forest areas; including monkeys, apes, baboons, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans.
A monkey that is using both hands and feet as hands.
—A chimpanzee which was compiled from
Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia, published by
Macmillan Publishing Company; New York; 1984; page 77.
pedimanous (adjective), more pedimanous, most pedimanous
Having all four feet resembling hands; including various species of monkeys, lemurs, and opossums: In Tim’s biology class, he learned that there were pedimanous animals that have the front and back paws functioning just as if they were hands.
A Orangutan illustrating having both hands and feet as hands.
—This orangutan was compiled from
Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia, published by
Macmillan Publishing Company; New York; 1984; page 77.
quadrumanous (adjective), more quadrumanous, most quadrumanous
Four-handed or having all four feet adapted for use as hands: The quadrumanous primates; such as, apes and monkeys, have four grasping appendages which they use for climbing, to pick fruit apart, and other manipulative activities.
An ape is showing how it uses both hands and feet as hands.
—This ape was compiled from a section in Google images
that shows it using its hands, and its feet as as if they are hands;
in other words, manipulating with four or quadrumanous appendages.
recommend (verb), recommends; recommended; recommending
1. To present as worthy of confidence, acceptance, use, etc.; to commend; to mention favorably: Mike will recommend that his son become an applicant for a better paying job.

Judy's friend recommends that she read a certain book that will improve her understanding of the kind of psychotherapy which would benefit her.
2. To represent or to urge as advisable or expedient: Sam felt the need to recommend caution when his friend was about to drive home during the rain storm.
3. To advise, as an alternative; to suggest a choice, course of action, etc. as appropriate, beneficial, etc.:

At the restaurant, Charles recommended the blue-plate special because it included an especially delicious steak.

Ted's doctor recommended special exercises for him to do to help his aching back.

4. Etymology: from Latin commendare, "to entrust to, to praise", from re- + mandare "to give into someone's hand, to commit to one's charge".

recommendation (s) (noun), recommendations (pl)
1. A proposition in favor of a certain action, particularly one presented by an official person, group, or institution: The car company made a recommendation to the car owner, Miss Jackson, to have her car inspected once a year to make sure that it was safe to drive.
2: Something, like a letter, that favorably mentions the qualifications or characters of a person: Joyce was ecstatic when she received the recommendations from her college which she can present to her employer when she goes back to work next week.