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calculated risk

A risky action that has been carefully considered beforehand, in which the chance or likelihood of a beneficial outcome outweighs the risk or cost of failure. We decided to take the calculated risk of going to trial, rather than settling out of court.
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calculate (something) into (something)

To include a particular amount as one does calculations. When you submit your travel expenses for reimbursement, be sure to calculate gas into the total. Wait, I didn't calculate the tip into each person's total, so we need to give the server more money.
See also: calculate

calculate on (something)

To consider or think about something. He'll have an answer for you soon—he's been calculating on your offer for days.
See also: calculate, on

calculated risk

A chance taken after careful estimation of the probable outcome, as in Taking their dispute to arbitration was definitely a calculated risk. This term uses calculated in the sense of "planned with forethought," a usage from the mid-1800s. Its pairing with risk dates from World War II, when the chances for losing bombers were taken into account before a bombing mission was sent out. After the war the term was transferred to other undertakings where taking a chance to succeed had to be weighed against the costs of failure.
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It is important for this football club that we get through into the group stages in the Europa League, whether I decide calculatedly that I will go with youngsters and a mixture or whether I go for more seniors.
This signifies an incredible contribution by a self-confessed quiet, shy nurse, who Learnt at an early age to carefully and calculatedly influence decision making.
He encourages and facilitates the viral invasion of the body of ceramics from other creative disciplines in such a way that he calculatedly changes the parameters and construction--critical, interventional and even violent.
By taking a calculatedly aggressive and media-savvy approach to the ombudsman's role, Marinhas demonstrated an eagerness to prosecute an activist line.
It was a world, Ellison reminds us, calculatedly "drained of humanity" and significantly, for us today, black authorial presence.
Rugby players trying it on in the heat and passion of play is one thing but coaches calculatedly cheating is something else.
They used those 21 days before you officially took office to coldly and calculatedly break the truce that had successfully held for the previous six months.
It has been calculatedly designed to make us ever more reliant on that sinister body.
A calculatedly autobiographical tour de force, this encyclopedic novel runs rings around novelistic conventions and traditions, forcing us to find patterns in the chaos of the nomadic cosmos its characters cannot escape.
If Jehu calculatedly drew Joram to this particular spot, he meant thereby to invoke the memory of Naboth and present himself not as a rebel but as the destined avenger.
In questions of control, the reader is calculatedly and ambiguously inscribed as "surrogate monarch and regicide" (18).
That seems very right to me: as Theresa founds sisterhoods, so Dorothea sustains a husband and a family, each in accord with the opportunities life offers--and who wouldn't rather live within the influence of Dorothea's "incalculably diffusive" benefactions than under the discipline of Theresa's very calculatedly expansive convent-foundings?
Here's wondering whether said career path will proceed as calculatedly as he intended.
There are dozens of better shows that would be both artistically sounder choices, and would not put the Millennium Centre calculatedly off-limits to a large tranche of its growing audience.