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calculation

[kal-kyuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkæl kyəˈleɪ ʃən/
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 of calculation
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin calculātiōn- (stem of calculātiō reckoning). See calculate, -ion
Related forms
calculative
[kal-kyuh-ley-tiv, ‐luh-tiv] /ˈkæl kyəˌleɪ tɪv, ‐lə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
calculational, calculatory
[kal-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] /ˈkæl kyə ləˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
noncalculative, adjective
precalculation, noun
uncalculative, adjective
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  • Amy had made the calculation, and wondered what was the cause of this arrangement.

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • The banker looked at his watch, and made a calculation about the time.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • We have not in this calculation reckoned on the economic value of the lives destroyed.

  • But more commonly there is calculation on both sides and both are duped.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • He only got a two in arithmetic; they said he was weak at calculation, in the science of mathematics.

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British Dictionary definitions for calculation

calculation

/ˌkælkjʊˈleɪʃən/
noun
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 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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