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Definition of "calculated" []

  • Determined by mathematical calculation. (adjective)
  • Undertaken after careful estimation of the likely outcome: took a calculated risk. (adjective)
  • Made or planned to accomplish a certain purpose; deliberate: insincere, calculated modesty. (adjective)
  • Likely; apt. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "calculated" in a sentence
  • "It was a term calculated to gain him sympathy, and with his male friends, and an occasional prostitute, it did."
  • "By the way, in case you never thought about it, “Reds” is an invidious term calculated to dehumanize radical activists."
  • "You have to admit that The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity is not a title calculated to attract a mass readership; and it is still rather difficult to explain just why a book with such a title is a classic of doctrinal reflection, not just a dissertation on how to run churches."