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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In 1994, California Republican Gov. Pete Wilson embraced Proposition 187 — which barred undocumented immigrants from getting public services — in a calculated effort to shore up support for his reelection campaign. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Immigration is tearing Republicans apart," 17 May 2018 Combined with calculated temperatures at different depths, that calibration allowed the researchers to calculate a value for the reflections occurring at deeper levels. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Possible lake spotted under a polar ice cap—on Mars," 25 July 2018 And that’s a little bit confusing to any software that’s trying to create a calculated experience for you. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If you can quit social media, but don’t, then you’re part of the problem, Jaron Lanier says," 27 July 2018 Unlike his father, who seldom was seen or heard in public, Kim likes to strut out on the town with his photogenic wife, Ri Sol Ju, whose presence seems calculated to make North Korea appear like a normal country. Barbara Demick,, "Kim Jong Un, the 'perfect dictator,' gets ready for the spotlight in Singapore," 10 June 2018 Other items on Canada’s list seem calculated to pressure Mr. Trump’s political allies or erode his position in critical states. Ian Austen, New York Times, "‘A Slap in the Canadians’ Face.’ Ontario Steel Town Reacts to Trump’s Tariffs.," 1 June 2018 That's why, in the quest to achieve the perfect balmy glow, calculated beauty strategies are necessary. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Knows the Secret to Supercharging a Sunkissed Glow," 26 July 2018 The calculated black holes also had accretion disks that glowed brightly. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Galaxy mergers hide ravenous supermassive black holes," 14 Nov. 2018 The bow ignited questions on social media – was the attire a calculated choice? Colleen Shalby,, "Melania Trump's 'don't care' jacket isn't the first time her wardrobe has become the story," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of calculated

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of calculated

: carefully planned for a particular and often improper purpose

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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