Definition of calculating in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkalkyəˌlādiNG/


Acting in a scheming and ruthlessly determined way: he was a coolly calculating, ruthless man
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  • It is difficult to judge a man as calculating when he seems so natural.
  • It was decidedly hard to do with Mr Cunningham's cold, judging, calculating eyes were staring at us.
  • Whatever the reason, his public persona seems guarded and calculating and his repeated protestations of humility usually fall flat.
cunning, crafty, wily, shrewd, sly, scheming, devious, designing, conniving, Machiavellian
informal foxy
archaic subtle



Example sentences
  • And so they deliberately, consciously, calculatingly, ignored intelligence about the problems that would ensue.
  • To deliberately and calculatingly depict public people as shallow, intolerant, cold and inept, with no truths or facts to back up the portrayals, is nothing short of malevolent.
  • But the transfer of white collar jobs, high tech jobs as a matter of fact, has the potential for seriously undercutting the advantages that the West has calculatingly enshrined into the global trade system for decades.

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Syllabification: cal·cu·lat·ing

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