cal·​cu·​lat·​ed | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce calculated (audio) \

Definition of calculated

1 : apt, likely
2a : worked out by mathematical calculation
b : engaged in, undertaken, or displayed after reckoning or estimating the statistical probability of success or failure a calculated risk
3a : planned or contrived to accomplish a purpose
b : deliberate, intended a calculated attempt to deceive voters

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Other Words from calculated

calculatedly adverb
calculatedness noun

Examples of calculated in a Sentence

took a calculated risk and got in on the ground floor of the new enterprise

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Taken optimistically, Carter’s latest move could be read as a calculated choice to bolster his (and Roc Nation’s) broadening repertoire of social-justice work. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "What Kind of Activist Does Jay-Z Want to Be?," 15 Aug. 2019 Outlined in previs, the calculated mayhem was a dance among stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam, special effects supervisor Sam Conway and visual effects. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, "How visual effects created the fiery chaos in ‘Game of Thrones’," 8 Aug. 2019 The book is hollow and calculated, but carries a glittery, sinister appeal — The Bold Type by way of YOU, a dizzying New York fantasy that morphs into a nightmare. David Canfield,, "The millennial scammer is alive and well in these fascinating new books," 24 July 2019 Whitehorn built a spreadsheet and a calculated timeline around coming out. Halley Bondy, NBC News, ""I just had to suppress everything": What it's like to be transgender in a male-dominated field," 21 June 2019 The tragedy of all this is the calculated disregard of a tradition of Palmyrene achievements that really means something to the Arab world. The New York Review of Books, "G.W. Bowersock," 18 Apr. 2019 Hull said at the time that schools need principals who are innovative, compassionate and unafraid to take calculated risks. Dallas News, "Superintendent killed in motorcycle crash made Grand Prairie a destination district for students," 9 July 2019 Unfortunately, Brockhouse’s surrogates joined the candidate in his calculated push to make the media — rather than the content of the police reports — the issue. Gilbert Garcia,, "Brockhouse diverted, deceived and blamed the messenger," 21 June 2019 But until that point, the Giants plan to make smart, calculated decisions in an effort to win as much as possible. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "2019 Giants not embracing ‘Nothing to lose’ mentality (at least so far)," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of calculated

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of calculated was in 1723

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English Language Learners Definition of calculated

: carefully planned for a particular and often improper purpose

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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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