calculating

[ kal-kyuh-ley-ting ]
/ ˈkæl kyəˌleɪ tɪŋ /

adjective

capable of or made for performing calculations, especially arithmetical calculations: a calculating machine.
shrewd; cautious: a wise and calculating lawyer.
selfishly scheming: a cold and calculating dictator.

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Origin of calculating

First recorded in 1800–10; calculate + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM calculating

cal·cu·lat·ing·ly, adverbnon·cal·cu·lat·ing, adjectiveun·cal·cu·lat·ing, adjectiveun·cal·cu·lat·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for calculating

calculating
/ (ˈkælkjʊˌleɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

selfishly scheming
shrewd; cautious

Derived forms of calculating

calculatingly, adverb
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