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calculation

[kal-kyuh-ley-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act or process of calculating; computation.
  2. the result or product of calculating: His calculations agree with ours.
  3. an estimate based on the known facts; forecast: Her calculation of the building costs proved quite accurate.
  4. forethought; prior or careful planning.
  5. scheming selfishness.
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Origin of calculation

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin calculātiōn- (stem of calculātiō reckoning). See calculate, -ion
Related formscal·cu·la·tive [kal-kyuh-ley-tiv, ‐luh-tiv] /ˈkæl kyəˌleɪ tɪv, ‐lə tɪv/, cal·cu·la·tion·al, cal·cu·la·to·ry [kal-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] /ˈkæl kyə ləˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·cal·cu·la·tive, adjectivepre·cal·cu·la·tion, nounun·cal·cu·la·tive, adjective
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  • He, Philip Crane, the man of calculation, was but a creature of emotion.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • And sure enough, we found it wuz the calculation of some on 'em.

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    Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)

  • There is no possible position, it is said, which he did not take into calculation.

  • "Ah, reason and calculation are often outdone by accident," returned the scout.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • We acted upon the calculation that a woman with her thirty per cent.

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British Dictionary definitions for calculation

calculation

noun
  1. the act, process, or result of calculating
  2. an estimation of probability; forecast
  3. careful planning or forethought, esp for selfish motives
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Word Origin and History for calculation

n.

late 14c., from Late Latin calculationem (nominative calculatio), noun of action from past participle stem of calculare "to reckon, compute," from Latin calculus "reckoning, account," originally "pebble used in counting," diminutive of calx (genitive calcis) "limestone" (see chalk (n.)).

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