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noun cal·cu·la·tion \ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən\

: a process or result of calculating something

: careful thought and planning that is done usually for selfish reasons

Full Definition of CALCULATION

a :  the process or an act of calculating
b :  the result of an act of calculating
a :  studied care in analyzing or planning
b :  cold heartless planning to promote self-interest
cal·cu·la·tion·al \-ˈlāsh-nəl, -ˈlā-shə-nəl\ adjective


  1. According to experts' calculations, that star will explode within two billion years.
  2. The computer can do millions of calculations each second.
  3. Careful calculation is required to determine the required amount of fuel.
  4. The book reveals the cold calculations that were behind the government's policies.
  5. His positions are based on political calculation of what voters want to hear.

First Known Use of CALCULATION

14th century


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CALCULATIONAL Defined for Kids


noun cal·cu·la·tion \ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of CALCULATION for Kids

:  the process or result of adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing <Careful calculation is required.> <Our calculations indicate a slight increase.>


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