cal·​cu·​lat·​ed | \-ˌlā-təd \

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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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 This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about president trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Brett Kavanaugh's Opening Statement at Today's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 While other multinational companies pulled out of Syria, Lafarge made a calculated decision to stay. New York Times, "French Cement Giant Lafarge Indicted on Terror Financing Charge in Syria," 28 June 2018 Rather than pin-straight or blunt and sleek, the designer's brunette was run through with easy, rumpled waves that struck a calculated balance between beach-y and bedhead, the texture just glossy enough to catch the light. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham (Finally!) Lets Her Hair Down for Summer," 11 June 2018 His rap is smooth and calculated, something that likely came from a bit more forethought and revision than a rap off the top of his head. Sarah Midkiff,, "Drake Isn’t Finished With Pusha T Yet — Or Kanye West & Beyoncé — In A New Freestyle," 8 July 2018 The race is handicapped in an unusually calculated attempt to get the top runners in every age group to the finish line at the same time. John Branch, New York Times, "Dipsea: A Trail Race Where ‘You’re Either the Hunter or the Hunted’," 13 June 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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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