Definition of calculated adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkælkjuleɪtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkælkjuleɪtɪd//
[usually before noun]
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  • carefully planned to get what you want a calculated insult He took a calculated risk (= a risk that you decide is worth taking even though you know it might have bad results). It was either a ridiculous mistake or a calculated insult. This was clearly a calculated attempt to discredit the company.
  • Idioms
    be calculated to do something
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    to be intended to do something; to be likely to do something Her latest play is calculated to shock. This sort of life is not calculated to appeal to a young man of 20.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: calculated

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