Definition of calculation in US English:

calculation

noun

  • 1A mathematical determination of the size or number of something.

    ‘finding ways of saving money involves complicated calculations’
    ‘calculation of depreciation’
    • ‘He spent hours each day carrying out complex mathematical calculations to maintain the deception.’
    • ‘The only gripe he had about the paper was the amount of calculations students were required to complete.’
    • ‘They give little knowledge about any mathematical calculations which might have been done with the number systems.’
    • ‘Working out if you are entitled to this involves even more complex calculations.’
    • ‘Guo used other clever mathematical techniques in his calculations for the calendar.’
    • ‘So he's going to have to do some research to determine the figures before he can do his calculations.’
    • ‘Yes, time is required to do a calculation known amongst mathematicians as subtraction.’
    • ‘For this Piero uses a method which involves a very large amount of tedious calculation.’
    • ‘The rest of the tournament is decided by complicated calculations or, as it turns out, by the weather.’
    • ‘The record does not contain the trial court's calculations for determining the damages.’
    • ‘Most mechanics from those times tended to be simple aids for applied mathematical calculations.’
    • ‘The dispute then is not with respect to the mathematical calculation but rather the entitlement.’
    • ‘The hope is that shoppers could monitor their intake without having to do complicated calculations.’
    • ‘When you do the calculations on the amount deposited its not a good return.’
    • ‘The Society no doubt had to make a reverse calculation in order to determine the differential final bonuses.’
    • ‘A simple calculation based on the amount of energy needed to flood New York suggested the claim was exaggerated.’
    • ‘His main skill was in numerical calculations and manipulation of complicated expressions.’
    • ‘Precise mathematical calculations are worked out and this determines how a person's life is affected.’
    • ‘Relatively complicated calculations are necessary to point to this conclusion.’
    • ‘People engage in market calculations to determine how much energy to give each other.’
    computation, reckoning, adding up, counting up, working out, determining, figuring, estimation, estimate
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    1. 1.1often calculations An assessment of the risks, possibilities, or effects of a situation or course of action.
      ‘decisions are shaped by political calculations’
      • ‘This is, of course, a theoretical calculation, but one which graphically illustrates the point.’
      • ‘This is the period over which Mr. Lee has projected the calculation of future loss.’
      • ‘A conflict over resources was brewing, but it was political calculations that lit the spark.’
      • ‘The overall calculation of risk may include more than one type of screening test plus the woman's age.’
      • ‘Both are cynical gestures driven by political calculations rather than by a moral inspiration that comes from the soul.’
      • ‘You would not undertake a detailed calculation or assessment of the individual piping and its instruments.’
      • ‘This consideration is not, of course, absent from the calculations of politicians.’
      • ‘In both cases political calculations ran aground on the rock of public opinion.’
      • ‘Many doctors use risk calculations for heart disease to help advise their patients.’
      • ‘For example, the transfer of the loans may be at a discount, taking potential risks into the calculation of price.’
      • ‘Adequate training is required to ensure that the risk calculation tools are used only for appropriate patients.’
      • ‘In every case, they are motivated by the basest and most transparent political calculations.’
      • ‘This agrees with the scientific calculations of risk that I have found.’
      • ‘Exact calculations of this effect are extremely difficult, and can only really be done by computer modelling.’
      • ‘We aimed to enable the calculation of risk of cardiovascular death within five years from a few personal factors.’
      • ‘You could hear the whirr and hum of political calculation, the internal hedging of bets.’
      • ‘Rather than risk reward calculations and unthinking optimism, what we need now is courage.’
      • ‘All these factors will tend to underestimate our calculations of risk.’
      • ‘All the risk calculations are age based so you will see some changes.’
      • ‘We also tend to obscure a big principle with everyday political calculations and chatter.’
      assessment, judgement
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

calculation

/ˌkælkjəˈleɪʃ(ə)n//ˌkalkyəˈlāSH(ə)n/