# calculative

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## cal·cu·late

(kăl′kyə-lāt′)*v.*

**cal·cu·lat·ed**,

**cal·cu·lat·ing**,

**cal·cu·lates**

*v.*

*tr.*

**1.**To ascertain by computation; reckon: calculating the area of a circle; calculated their probable time of arrival.

**2.**To make an estimate of; evaluate: calculating the team's chances of winning.

**3.**To make for a deliberate purpose; design: a sturdy car that is calculated to last for years; a choice that was calculated to please.

**4.**also

**cal'late**(kăl′āt′, -lāt′)

*Chiefly New England*

**a.**To suppose: "I cal'late she's a right smart cook" (Dialect Notes).

**b.**To plan, intend, or depend on.

*v.*

*intr.*

**1.**To perform a mathematical process; figure: We must measure and calculate to determine how much paint will be needed.

**2.**

*Chiefly New England*

**a.**To suppose; guess.

**b.**To count, depend, or rely on someone or something: We're calculating on your help.

[Late Latin calculāre, calculāt-, from Latin calculus,

*small stone used in reckoning*, diminutive of calx, calc-,*small stone for gaming*; see**calx**.]**cal′cu·la′tive**(-lā′tĭv, -lə-tĭv)

*adj.*

*Synonyms:***calculate**

**, compute**

**, reckon**

**, figure**

These verbs refer to the use of mathematical methods to determine a result.

*Calculate,*the most comprehensive, often implies a relatively high level of abstraction or procedural complexity:

*calculated the average test score for each class; calculated the comet's orbit from a series of observed positions. Compute*applies to possibly lengthy arithmetic operations; like

*calculate,*it may imply the use of a mechanical or electronic device:

*data used in computing the gross national product; computed a value for each of the variables. Reckon*and

*figure*suggest the use of simple arithmetic:

*reckoned the number of hours before her departure; trying to figure my share of the bill.*

## cal·cu·la·tion

(kăl′kyə-lā′shən)*n.*

**1.**

**a.**The act, process, or result of calculating.

**b.**An estimate based on probabilities.

**2.**Careful, often cunning estimation and planning of likely outcomes, especially to advance one's own interests.

**cal′cu·la′tive**

*adj.*

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Adj. | 1. | calculative - used of persons; "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"hard - dispassionate; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer"; |

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