Definition of calculation in English:

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Pronunciation: /kalkjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/


1A mathematical determination of the amount or number of something: finding ways of saving money involves complicated calculations [mass noun]: the calculation of depreciation
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  • Precise mathematical calculations are worked out and this determines how a person's life is affected.
  • The only gripe he had about the paper was the amount of calculations students were required to complete.
  • He spent hours each day carrying out complex mathematical calculations to maintain the deception.
1.1An assessment of the risks, possibilities, or effects of a situation or course of action: decisions are shaped by political calculations
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  • This agrees with the scientific calculations of risk that I have found.
  • All the risk calculations are age based so you will see some changes.
  • This is, of course, a theoretical calculation, but one which graphically illustrates the point.
assessment, judgement;
forecast, projection, prediction, expectation


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin calculatio(n-), from the verb calculare (see calculate).

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