# calculation

[kal-kyuh-ley-shuh n]

- 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^{}

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## Related Words

predictionforecastcomputationestimateestimationjudgmentarithmeticthoughtplanningsummationreckoningprognosisprognosticationanswerreplydivinationcircumspectiondeliberationprudenceforesight## Examples from the Web for calculation

### Contemporary Examples

#### Everything becomes a sort of calculation against the geometry and parabolas of the IDF.

#### His calculation is drawn in part by the response of the Libyan people following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

#### This sort of calculation—not too hot, not too cold—is better left to Goldilocks.

#### Still, it remains a calculation both parents and governments make.

#### According to one calculation, $102 billion over the last four years.

### Historical Examples

#### He, Philip Crane, the man of calculation, was but a creature of emotion.

ThoroughbredsW. A. Fraser

#### And sure enough, we found it wuz the calculation of some on 'em.

Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4.Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)

#### There is no possible position, it is said, which he did not take into calculation.

The Life of Horatio Lord NelsonRobert Southey

#### "Ah, reason and calculation are often outdone by accident," returned the scout.

The Last of the MohicansJames Fenimore Cooper

#### We acted upon the calculation that a woman with her thirty per cent.

FreelandTheodor Hertzka

## calculation

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

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## Word Origin and History for calculation

### n.

late 14c., from Late Latin calculationem (nominative calculatio), noun of action from past participle stem of calculare "to reckon, compute," from Latin calculus "reckoning, account," originally "pebble used in counting," diminutive of calx (genitive calcis) "limestone" (see chalk (n.)).

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