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

Other Words from calculation

calculational \ ˌkal-​kyə-​ˈlāsh-​nəl How to pronounce calculation (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every recruit is assigned a value based on their rating in the calculation. Nick Alvarez |, al, 1 Aug. 2022 But a big factor in the calculation was a record high trade deficit caused by a surge in imports, which indicates the US economy was actually still growing. Jim Puzzanghera,, 23 July 2022 However, slow growth and rising inflation and interest rates led to the firm slashing its own calculation by 40% just one year later. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 20 July 2022 To make their calculation, researchers examined 30 years of satellite data. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2022 This was the first year Tesla Motors was included in the calculation. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2022 Land releases, the predominant release method in Cuyahoga County, are not included in the calculation. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 28 June 2022 But the calculation of the market impact, short- and long-term, is complex and uncertain—even though hundreds of pundits will insist otherwise. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 15 July 2022 In essence, a woman’s reproductive autonomy was decided on the basis of a mathematical calculation. Wired, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of calculation

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

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“Calculation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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

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

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