- arrived at or determined by mathematical calculation; ascertained mathematically.
- carefully thought out or planned: a calculated effort.
Origin of calculated
- to determine or ascertain by mathematical methods; compute: to calculate the velocity of light.
- to determine by reasoning, common sense, or practical experience; estimate; evaluate; gauge.
- to make suitable or fit for a purpose; adapt (usually used passively and with an infinitive): His remarks were calculated to inspire our confidence.
- Chiefly Northern U.S.
- to think; guess.
- to intend; plan.
- to make a computation or form an estimate.
- to count or rely (usually followed by on or upon): They calculated on good weather.
Origin of calculate
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Examples from the Web for calculated
Even though it was a school day—about fifth period, I calculated—the arcade was filled with seventh graders.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Maybe Americans are willing to look at someone who does something different from the calculated.Hillary Gets a Challenger and He’s a Marine
November 21, 2014
The Economist has calculated that it spends $170 billion annually in the United States alone.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
Taylor Swift just used a calculated business decision, cloaked in artistic integrity, to pave the way for a digital music war.Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple
November 4, 2014
Odds against chance in a review of spontaneous telepathy studies have been calculated, Radin says, at “22 billion to 1.”Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
Carlotta's nearness was having its calculated effect on Max Wilson.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Wall, how long she calculated to stay this time we didn't know.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 2.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
How calculated is this precedure to allay animosities and unite hearts!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Following is the revised edition of the Decalogue, calculated for this meridian.The Devil's Dictionary
It seemed as though that kitchen was just calculated to make a boy feel cross.
- undertaken after considering the likelihood of success or failurea calculated risk
- deliberately planned; premeditateda calculated insult
- to solve (one or more problems) by a mathematical procedure; compute
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to determine beforehand by judgment, reasoning, etc; estimate
- (tr; usually passive) to design specifically; aimthe car was calculated to appeal to women
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to depend; rely
- (tr; may take a clause as object) US dialect
- to suppose; think
- to intend (to do something)
Word Origin and History for calculated
1863, "devised beforehand," past participle adjective from calculate. Earlier, "suited, apt" (1722).
1560s, "to compute, to estimate by mathematical means," from Latin calculatus, past participle of calculare "to reckon, compute," from calculus (see calculus). Meaning "to plan, devise" is from 1650s. Replaced earlier calculen (mid-14c.), from Old French calculer. Related: Calculable.