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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Leaders also must have the courage to take calculated risks. Gina Mastantuono, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The same day, lucky Jupiter starts its retrograde in Aries, giving us the opportunity to take calculated risks. Lisa Stardust,, 28 June 2022 Designers were more likely to be able to take calculated risks. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 23 June 2022 Wester, one of four finalists, was described by his references as a leader and dealmaker who works well with the physician community and is willing to take calculated risks to grow revenue. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2022 Fine dining restaurants can take the calculated risks of introducing patrons to insects, Kundu says. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 26 Apr. 2022 Constraining Putin requires vigilance and calculated risks to keep adding to pressure intended to force his hand. Douglas London, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 By comparison, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for taking calculated risks, not the least of which is unleashing his unfinished self-driving system called FSD on the North American market. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2022 Linda Jackson, owner of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB women’s cycling team, said the road to the top of the sport — and to equality — will take both time and a calculated plan for success, especially when building something sustainable. New York Times, 27 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of calculated

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Aug 2022

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“Calculated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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