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  1. arrived at or determined by mathematical calculation; ascertained mathematically.
  2. carefully thought out or planned: a calculated effort.

Origin of calculated

First recorded in 1715–25; calculate + -ed2
Related formscal·cu·lat·ed·ly, adverbcal·cu·lat·ed·ness, nounun·cal·cu·lat·ed, adjectivewell-cal·cu·lat·ed, adjective


verb (used with object), cal·cu·lat·ed, cal·cu·lat·ing.
  1. to determine or ascertain by mathematical methods; compute: to calculate the velocity of light.
  2. to determine by reasoning, common sense, or practical experience; estimate; evaluate; gauge.
  3. to make suitable or fit for a purpose; adapt (usually used passively and with an infinitive): His remarks were calculated to inspire our confidence.
  4. Chiefly Northern U.S.
    1. to think; guess.
    2. to intend; plan.
verb (used without object), cal·cu·lat·ed, cal·cu·lat·ing.
  1. to make a computation or form an estimate.
  2. to count or rely (usually followed by on or upon): They calculated on good weather.

Origin of calculate

1560–70; < Late Latin calculātus reckoned (past participle of calculāre), equivalent to calculus pebble (see calculus) + -ātus -ate1
Related formspre·cal·cu·late, verb (used with object), pre·cal·cu·lat·ed, pre·cal·cu·lat·ing.

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adjective (usually prenominal)
  1. undertaken after considering the likelihood of success or failurea calculated risk
  2. deliberately planned; premeditateda calculated insult


  1. to solve (one or more problems) by a mathematical procedure; compute
  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to determine beforehand by judgment, reasoning, etc; estimate
  3. (tr; usually passive) to design specifically; aimthe car was calculated to appeal to women
  4. (intr; foll by on or upon) to depend; rely
  5. (tr; may take a clause as object) US dialect
    1. to suppose; think
    2. to intend (to do something)
Derived Formscalculative (ˈkælkjʊlətɪv), adjective

Word Origin for calculate

C16: from Late Latin calculāre, from calculus pebble used as a counter; see calculus
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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.

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