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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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 The district is making a calculated decision that weighs the penalties of violating federal rules against the risk of devastating floods. Tristan Baurick,, "When a community built higher levees to protect itself, flooding worsened for neighbors: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 In its verdict, the jury found not only that the state had proven Brocksom fired the gun that killed his ex-wife, but also that the act was committed in a premeditated and calculated manner, which are potential sentencing enhancement factors. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man convicted of Gurnee murder last fall might finally be sentenced next month," 7 June 2019 SportsPulse: By choosing to play it safe and rest Klay Thompson, the Warriors took a calculated risk in Game 3. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "NBA finals argument leads to Pontiac man stabbing girlfriend's son, police say," 6 June 2019 SportsPulse: By choosing to play it safe and rest Klay Thompson, the Warriors took a calculated risk in Game 3. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Warriors owner 'serious as a heart attack' that Kevin Durant will return for NBA Finals," 6 June 2019 Others proclaimed him to be an inspiration for investors, entrepreneurs and others who must take calculated risks. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "James Holzhauer’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Streak Ends Just Shy of a Record," 3 June 2019 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

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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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