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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
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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Examples from the web for calculation
  • Estimating the longer-term benefits to the country is a much woolier calculation.
  • The amount of time each parent spends with their children is factored into the calculation.
  • It was also a clear-eyed calculation to improve the lives of their children.
  • 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.
  • So much for explaining the result of the apparent calculation.
  • Upon a general calculation, threescore persons in every hundred have the small-pox.
  • This, however, is a thing which never enters into a sailor's calculation.
  • Thus, to trigger the biases mentioned above, try making any calculation slightly more complicated.
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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