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[kal-kyuh-ley-shuh n]
  1. the act or process of calculating; computation.
  2. the result or product of calculating: His calculations agree with ours.
  3. an estimate based on the known facts; forecast: Her calculation of the building costs proved quite accurate.
  4. forethought; prior or careful planning.
  5. scheming selfishness.
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Origin of calculation

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin calculātiōn- (stem of calculātiō reckoning). See calculate, -ion
Related formscal·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
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Historical Examples of calculative

  • Reid was not of the slow, calculative, lead-balanced type of himself.

    The Flockmaster of Poison Creek

    George W. Ogden

  • That also had been reasoned out in a cool and calculative way.

  • How can Daun, if himself merely speculative, calculative, hope that Soltikof will continue acting?

  • "Maybe I was, and I've got rough edges on me," Taterleg returned, looking up at him with calculative eye.

  • Tim took her up quickly on it, a gleam in his calculative eye, as if he saw a convincing way opening ahead of him.

British Dictionary definitions for calculative


  1. the act, process, or result of calculating
  2. an estimation of probability; forecast
  3. careful planning or forethought, esp for selfish motives
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Word Origin and History for calculative



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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