cal·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce calculation (audio) \

Definition of calculation

1a : the process or an act of calculating
b : the result of an act of calculating
2a : studied care in analyzing or planning
b : cold heartless planning to promote self-interest

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Other Words from calculation

calculational \ ˌkal-​kyə-​ˈlāsh-​nəl How to pronounce calculational (audio) , -​ˈlā-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of calculation in a Sentence

According to experts' calculations, that star will explode within two billion years. The computer can do millions of calculations each second. Careful calculation is required to determine the required amount of fuel. The book reveals the cold calculations that were behind the government's policies. His positions are based on political calculation of what voters want to hear.
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As for those who have no homes at all, figuring out how to secure shelter is bound to involve even tougher and riskier calculations. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence leaves homeless population to face even more uncertainties," 13 Sep. 2018 Now multiply those calculations by every purchase a person makes. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Is There Really Such a Thing as “Ethical Consumerism?”," 4 Feb. 2019 Based on researchers' calculations, 5 to 13 million metric tons of plastic make it to our oceans every year. Marisa Spyker, ajc, "This is where you’re most likely to find lost pirate treasure, according to the Cousteaus," 3 July 2018 Under the new law, the calculations of a plaintiff’s future earnings can no longer take into account the person’s race or ethnicity. Hillary Borrud, The Seattle Times, "New Oregon laws take effect Jan. 1," 31 Dec. 2018 Depending on the race, many variables may enter into legislators’ calculations of whom to support for a leadership office. Matthew Green, Vox, "Election Day is over. Now who will lead Congress?," 12 Nov. 2018 This doesn't include calculations of sales tax revenue to the city from any increased business due to the festivals. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "City strips down festivities at Glendale Glitters to cut costs," 26 June 2018 That’s based on calculations of Krzanich’s severance agreements, disclosed in Intel’s 2017 proxy statement. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Resigned. Here's How Much His Severance May Be," 21 June 2018 His tweets move markets and alter the calculations of foreign powers. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "This 1990 Donald Trump quote in Playboy magazine explains today perfectly," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of calculation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of calculation

: a process or result of calculating something
: careful thought and planning that is done usually for selfish reasons


cal·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce calculation (audio) \

Kids Definition of calculation

: the process or result of adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing Careful calculation is required. Our calculations indicate a slight increase.

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