Definition of calculation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkalkyəˈlāSH(ə)n/


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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Syllabification: cal·cu·la·tion

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