[ kal-kyuh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌkæl kyəˈleɪ ʃən /


the act or process of calculating; computation.
the result or product of calculating: His calculations agree with ours.
an estimate based on the known facts; forecast: Her calculation of the building costs proved quite accurate.
forethought; prior or careful planning.
scheming selfishness.


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Origin of calculation

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin calculātiōn- (stem of calculātiō reckoning). See calculate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM calculation

cal·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for calculation

/ (ˌkælkjʊˈleɪʃən) /


the act, process, or result of calculating
an estimation of probability; forecast
careful planning or forethought, esp for selfish motives
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