calculation

noun

cal·​cu·​la·​tion ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce calculation (audio)
1
a
: the process or an act of calculating
b
: the result of an act of calculating
2
a
: studied care in analyzing or planning
b
: cold heartless planning to promote self-interest
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 Some of that has to do with nuances with the calculation of the CPI itself. Gabriel Cortés, CNBC, 16 July 2024 Many internal county government processes touch multiple departments, which provides us with opportunities to verify and double-check the accuracy of calculations and documents. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2024 The idea that the calculation here should be anything other than how to beat Donald Trump is to misunderstand what a party is for, and what the Democrats are supposed to unite around. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 11 July 2024 In all, about 24,000 cancer deaths and 95,000 cases in a single year were attributable to alcohol consumption, according to the researchers’ calculations. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for calculation 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of calculation was in the 14th century

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“Calculation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calculation. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

calculation

noun
cal·​cu·​la·​tion ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce calculation (audio)
1
a
: the process or an act of calculating
b
: the result obtained by calculation
2
: care in planning : caution

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