1) ADJ: v-link ADJ to-inf If something is calculated to have a particular effect, it is specially done or arranged in order to have that effect.

Their movements through the region were calculated to terrify landowners into abandoning their holdings...

These tracks were calculated to be controversial and attract attention to the album.

2) ADJ-GRADED: with brd-neg, v-link ADJ to-inf If you say that something is not calculated to have a particular effect, you mean that it is unlikely to have that effect.

German names were not calculated to attract patrons to America's movie theaters in 1941...

Such a statement was hardly calculated to deter future immigrants.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n You can describe a clever or dishonest action as calculated when it is very carefully planned or arranged.

Irene's use of the mop had been a calculated attempt to cover up her crime.

...a calculated and coherent strategy for winning power.

4) ADJ: ADJ n If you take a calculated risk, you do something which you think might be successful, although you have fully considered the possible bad consequences of your action.

The President took a calculated political risk in throwing his full support behind the rebels.

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  • Calculated — Cal cu*la ted, p. p. & a. 1. Worked out by calculation; as calculated tables for computing interest; ascertained or conjectured as a result of calculation; as, the calculated place of a planet; the calculated velocity of a cannon ball. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calculated — [kal′kyəlāt΄id] adj. 1. done by mathematical calculation 2. undertaken or accepted after the probable results have been estimated [a calculated risk] 3. deliberately planned or intended [calculated cruelty] 4. apt or likely calculatedly adv …   English World dictionary

  • calculated — calculated; un·calculated; …   English syllables

  • calculated — index aforethought, cold blooded, deliberate, express, intentional, premeditated, purposeful, strategic …   Law dictionary

  • calculated — (adj.) 1863, devised beforehand, pp. adjective from CALCULATE (Cf. calculate). Earlier, suited, apt (1722) …   Etymology dictionary

  • calculated — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done with awareness of the likely consequences. DERIVATIVES calculatedly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • calculated — adj. 1) ill; well calculated 2) (usu. does not stand alone) calculated to + inf. (his actions were calculated to provoke his opponents) * * * [ kælkjʊleɪtɪd] well calculated ill (usu. does not stand alone) calculated to + inf. (his actions were… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Calculated — Infobox Album | Name = Calculated Type = Album Artist = Heavens to Betsy Released = January 1, 1994 Recorded = Nov. 30, 1993–Dec. 3, 1993 Genre = Punk rock Length = 42:00 Label = Kill Rock Stars Producer = See Album Credits Reviews = *Allmusic… …   Wikipedia

  • calculated — cal|cu|lat|ed [ˈkælkjuleıtıd] adj 1.) a calculated crime or dishonest action is deliberately and carefully planned used to show disapproval ▪ a calculated attempt to deceive the American public 2.) a calculated risk/gamble something risky that… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • calculated — adjective 1 a calculated crime or dishonest action is deliberately and carefully planned: a calculated attempt to deceive the American public 2 take a calculated risk to do something that involves a risk after thinking carefully about what might… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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