cal·​cu·​lat·​ing | \-ˌlā-tiŋ \

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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calculatingly \-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb

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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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English Language Learners Definition of calculating

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


cal·​cu·​lat·​ing | \ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of calculating

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

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