Definition of calculation in English:


Syllabification: cal·cu·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkalkyəˈlāSHən


  • 1A mathematical determination of the size or number of something: finding ways of saving money involves complicated calculations 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.
    computation, reckoning, adding up, counting up, working out, figuring, totaling up, totting up
  • 1.1 (often calculations) An 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, judgment; forecast, projection, prediction


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

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