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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 But true to his free-flowing nature, Johnson didn’t love the calculated turn baseball took with analytics. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Former Hoosier Micah Johnson finds voice as an artist," 25 June 2020 But in some cases, members of the political opposition, as well as human rights defenders, have protested, saying that the delays seem calculated to keep the ruling party in power. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Protect the vote, or the voter? In African elections, no easy choice.," 23 June 2020 Everything consumers do now — from shopping to going to a park — is a personal, calculated risk. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "AMC Theatres CEO says he'll wear a mask when he goes back to the movies," 19 June 2020 The round had a scrappy finish, but Dallas put itself in position to win it by making calculated moves. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "A closer look at search and destroy: Dallas Empire pros break down Call of Duty’s intense game mode," 18 June 2020 Calling 911 was a calculated manipulation of a system that has historically harmed black men. Alan Aja, Washington Post, "Racism isn’t about ignorance. Some highly educated people have upheld systemic inequality.," 18 June 2020 Authorities are still trying to learn whether the raids simply reflect the power of smartphones or something more calculated. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "'Peaceful protests got hijacked': Some criminals used George Floyd protests as cover for looting, police say," 16 June 2020 And while many people have decided to take the calculated risk of joining the crowds while the pandemic continues, while wearing masks and applying hand sanitizer frequently, for some people the risk of catching COVID-19 is still too great. oregonlive, "How to join the worldwide George Floyd protests if you remain quarantined for coronavirus," 10 June 2020 Some people in the community believe his decision to join the Flint Township protest was a calculated political move. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Meet Chris Swanson, the Genesee County sheriff who joined Floyd protest in Flint," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of calculated

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jun 2020

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“Calculated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of calculated

: carefully planned for a particular and often improper purpose

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