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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
Recent Examples on the Web However, the incline angle was much lower than my calculated value of 26 degrees. Rhett Allain, Wired, "When You Jump to Hyperspace, Make Sure You Wear a Seatbelt," 4 May 2021 In a court hearing, Rogers admonished Epic for the theatrics around the lawsuit and the company’s calculated tactics on the App Store. Washington Post, "Apple is going to court with Fortnite, and it could forever change how apps work," 30 Apr. 2021 Behind Filo’s bluster is a calculated and data-driven approach. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA reaping dividends from renewed focus on fitness," 20 Apr. 2021 In other words, whatever team drafts Jones must remain patient and calculated with his development and be ready for significant bumps early on. Dan Wiederer,, "Mac Jones has the traits that fit Matt Nagy’s wish list. Will the Chicago Bears have their chance to draft the Alabama QB ?," 3 Apr. 2021 But the truth is, Jeffcote is more of a food scientist, calculated and attentive to every aspect of the cooking process., "From brick mason to South Shore pizza king," 30 Mar. 2021 The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder is a versatile mix of speed, power and calculated aggression, checking all the boxes for OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, "Five-star 2023 prospects Richard Young, Treyaun Webb and Malik Bryant lock in June visits to Columbus: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 26 Apr. 2021 Including one that was created by a calculated gamble by left back Jorge Villafaña in the ninth minute that resulted in Hernández’s first goal. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Galaxy coach Greg Vanney’s changes spark Chicharito’s goal explosion," 26 Apr. 2021 Prosecutors said Wirkkala carried out a calculated killing of Ryder. oregonlive, "‘There are two very drunk men.’ One had been shot dead. The other was on trial a second time for murder.," 24 Apr. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Calculated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of calculated

: carefully planned for a particular and often improper purpose

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