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# What is the opposite of “calculation”?

## What is the antonym of “calculation”?

The antonyms of calculation are guess and approximation. The antonyms guess and approximation imply a lack of precision or accuracy in determining a value or outcome.

## Brief Definitions of the Antonym(s)

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An estimate or prediction based on little or no information or evidence.

Example

I don't know the answer, so I'll have to take a guess.

Example

Can you guess how many jellybeans are in the jar?

An estimate or calculation that is not exact but is close enough to be useful.

Example

The approximation of pi to 3.14 is commonly used in math problems.

Example

The contractor gave us an approximation of the cost to renovate the kitchen.

## How are these antonyms different from each other?

• 1Guess is an estimate or prediction made with little or no information or evidence.
• 2Approximation is an estimate or calculation that is not exact but is close enough to be useful.

## Good things to know

• 1Mathematics: Use calculation and approximation when solving math problems.
• 2Science: Use calculation and approximation when measuring and estimating quantities in scientific experiments.
• 3Everyday Conversation: Use guess to express uncertainty or to make an estimate based on incomplete information.
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Remember this!

The antonyms guess and approximation imply a lack of precision or accuracy in determining a value or outcome. Use calculation and approximation in mathematics and science, and use guess in everyday conversation to express uncertainty or to make an estimate based on incomplete information.

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