cal·​cu·​lat·​ed | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce calculated (audio) \

Definition of calculated

1 : apt, likely
2a : worked out by mathematical calculation
b : engaged in, undertaken, or displayed after reckoning or estimating the statistical probability of success or failure a calculated risk
3a : planned or contrived to accomplish a purpose
b : deliberate, intended a calculated attempt to deceive voters

Other Words from calculated

calculatedly adverb
calculatedness noun

Examples of calculated in a Sentence

took a calculated risk and got in on the ground floor of the new enterprise
Recent Examples on the Web As the global supply chain issues emerged in late 2021, the stakes became higher, but buyers had experience on their side and could make more calculated bets. Kristin Savilia, Forbes, 6 May 2022 This, too, is just out of reach at the moment — as the county’s latest calculated case rate stands at 216. Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2022 And whether calculated or impulsive, any risk has the potential for a negative outcome. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2022 Many players have either kept completely quiet or been extremely calculated in their comments about Griner, worried that talking about her situation could further endanger her. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Venture capitalists are forced to become political analysts, turning an endeavor of calculated risk-taking to a random walk down political gamesmanship. Nina Xiang, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Hooper was let go, and the Browns took a calculated leap to retain Njoku, who while entering his sixth year in the league with 148 catches in 65 games is still about potential and upside. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 The calculated loss in the region is part of a critical issue; some experts suspect that Earth will run out of usable topsoil within 60 years. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2022 But there's no arguing with the cold, calculated perfection of the title. Dan Snierson,, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of calculated

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2022

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“Calculated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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