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[kom-pyoo-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒm pyʊˈteɪ ʃən/
an act, process, or method of computing; calculation.
a result of computing.
the amount computed.
Origin of computation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin computātiōn- (stem of computātiō), equivalent to computāt(us) (past participle of computāre; see compute) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
computational, adjective
computative, adjective
computatively, adverb
miscomputation, noun
noncomputation, noun
recomputation, noun Unabridged
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  • The promise of computational technologies brings with it potential vulnerabilities that must be protected against threats.

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  • History, even in its computational form or in genetic shape, is an example.

British Dictionary definitions for computational


a calculation involving numbers or quantities
Derived Forms
computational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for computational

1857, from computation + -al (1). Related: Computationally.



early 15c., from Middle French computation, from Latin computationem (nominative computatio), noun of action from past participle stem of computare "to sum up, reckon, compute" (see compute).

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