Definition of calculating in English:



  • Acting in a scheming and ruthlessly determined way.

    ‘he was a coolly calculating, ruthless man’
    • ‘There's something very calculating and manipulative about how he does things.’
    • ‘Whatever the reason, his public persona seems guarded and calculating and his repeated protestations of humility usually fall flat.’
    • ‘Mr Latham said it suggested ‘a devious and calculating mind well able to think about what he needed to do to distract attention away from himself’.’
    • ‘Likewise, the promotion of the controversy by national manufacturers' associations has been calculating and disingenuous.’
    • ‘Strydom was at his shrewd and most calculating best.’
    • ‘So our military has to be very shrewd, very calculating and I think that they are laying out those plans.’
    • ‘The movie presents her not just as ambitious talent; we also see the shrewdly calculating side that propelled her into the spotlight.’
    • ‘When viewers meet her, Claire is a determined, rather calculating career woman, an ambitious lawyer working for the Prosecution Service.’
    • ‘They're cunning, they're devious, they're calculating.’
    • ‘I was quite struck by the image used for that tour, because it does not seem an accident, it seems very well designed in a calculating fashion.’
    • ‘At one extreme, imagine genetically engineered minds devoid of conscience or empathy and at the same time highly calculating and ruthless in the pursuit of their own desires.’
    • ‘Mrs Cunningham gave me a calculating look over my sketchpad that was filled with spite and dislike.’
    • ‘It is difficult to judge a man as calculating when he seems so natural.’
    • ‘Indeed, I am concerned that without such a change the whole bill looks more cynical and calculating than the Minister probably intends.’
    • ‘Clearly the robots take the long-term view on this one, as they would, what with being utilitarian calculating machines designed for the preservation of life.’
    • ‘Underneath the mane of blonde hair was a ruthless calculating brain.’
    • ‘Both of these ladies bided their time and proved to be quite calculating and ruthless.’
    • ‘This is not the undertaking of a benevolent nation helping another in the spirit of friendship and trust, but a cold calculating act designed to crush the human spirit and bring about the death of hope.’
    • ‘He paused for a moment, with a spreading calculating smile designed to draw the others in.’
    • ‘It was decidedly hard to do with Mr Cunningham's cold, judging, calculating eyes were staring at us.’
    cunning, crafty, wily, shrewd, scheming, devious, designing, conniving, manipulative, machiavellian, artful, guileful, slippery, slick, sly, disingenuous, unscrupulous
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