calculation

[kal-kyuh-ley-shuhn]
noun
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.

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

calculative [kal-kyuh-ley-tiv, ‐luh-tiv] , calculational, calculatory [kal-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] , adjective
noncalculative, adjective
precalculation, noun
uncalculative, adjective
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calculation (ˌkælkjʊˈleɪʃən)
 
n
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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calculation
late 14c., from L.L. calculationem (nom. calculatio), from calculare "to reckon, compute," from L. calculus "reckoning, account," originally "pebble used in counting," dim. of calx (gen. calcis) "limestone" (see chalk).
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Example sentences
Estimating the longer-term benefits to the country is a much woolier
  calculation.
Even then, stars appear to shift by miniscule amounts, so this is a tricky
  calculation.
She bit her lip and seemed to be making a calculation of some sort.
The geometricians have subjected infinity to the laws of calculation.
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