calculating

adjective
cal·​cu·​lat·​ing | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-tiŋ How to pronounce calculating (audio) \

Definition of calculating

1 : making calculations calculating machine
2 : marked by prudent analysis or by shrewd consideration of self-interest : scheming

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Other Words from calculating

calculatingly \ ˈkal-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce calculatingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of calculating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even Alex becomes too entangled in her students’ dealings and ends up suffering at the hands of one of the more calculating boys. Rebekah Frumkin, Washington Post, "Can a thriller also be a feminist social critique? Lisa Lutz gives it a try in ‘The Swallows’," 6 Sep. 2019 And experts believe that his intuitive style could throw the more calculating Caruana, who has faced time crunches already in this championship, off-balance. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Black Eye, a Controversial Leak and Possible Armageddon—the Madness of the World Chess Championship," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of calculating

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of calculating was in 1646

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“Calculating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calculating. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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calculating

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English Language Learners Definition of calculating

: carefully thinking about and planning actions for selfish or improper reasons

calculating

adjective
cal·​cu·​lat·​ing | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-tiŋ How to pronounce calculating (audio) \

Kids Definition of calculating

: carefully thinking about and planning actions for selfish or improper reasons a calculating criminal

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