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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 The government doesn't provide an official figure, but others crunched the numbers and calculated output fell by 28%. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Trump sees ‘a really great third quarter’ ahead. Investors aren’t so sure," 20 May 2020 Plus, Lena has finally seen the light about Lex (about time!) after the most bone-chilling performance from Jon Cryer as Lex's fury finally cracked his calm and calculated facade, driving her to apologize to and team up with Kara. Chancellor Agard,, "Superhero Insider: Villains win big on The Flash, Batwoman, and Supergirl," 15 May 2020 Such chaos reveals that while much on the island has changed, the simultaneously slapdash and calculated way in which the city buries its unclaimed dead remains more or less the same as ever. John Hirschauer, National Review, "New York City’s Island of the Dead," 28 Apr. 2020 And indeed, when her friend Alice (Sarah Paulson, whose genuine outrage is a great foil for Blanchett’s more calculated moves) first expresses her concerns over the Equal Rights Amendment, Phyllis dismisses them. Anne Cohen,, "Mrs America Premiere Recap: How Phyllis Schlafly Went From Nuclear Expert To ERA Villain," 15 Apr. 2020 NetHack's purposeful, learned precision versus Angband's open-ended, calculated exploration. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "ASCII art + permadeath: The history of roguelike games," 19 Mar. 2020 The Dolphins would be taking a calculated risk on his future health. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY Sports Network NFL mock draft: Experts from around the country make their picks," 20 Apr. 2020 That’s why Smart citing Beilein after his undermanned Longhorns toppled TCU felt like a calculated move rather than a random bit of irony. Nick Moyle,, "With Texas’ regular season winding down, Chris Del Conte still standing by Shaka Smart," 20 Feb. 2020 Throughout the Sussexes’ transition, Buckingham Palace has remained careful and calculated about its discussion of the matter, but a new claim is causing the Crown to speak up. Ineye Komonibo,, "Is Meghan Markle Working On Endorsement Deals? The Palace Responds To New Claims," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of calculated

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2020

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“Calculated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of calculated

: carefully planned for a particular and often improper purpose

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