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I was doing some proofreading and ran across the word "calculate-able." I'm tempted to write this out as the question suggests ("able to be calculated") but was wondering if there was a more terse alternative.

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This is readily searchable so it should probably be closed as General Reference, but in the meantime, the word "calculable" is a more succinct version. –  Kristina Lopez Apr 17 '13 at 17:20

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Calculable is a real word.

  1. determinable by calculation; ascertainable: This map was designed so that distances by road are easily calculable.

  2. that can be counted on; reliable.

(From source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/calculable)

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Thanks, I was worried about the other definitions, along the lines of "predictable". But this seems as straightforward as possible. –  user Apr 17 '13 at 16:31
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@DinH: The other senses should be regarded largely as independent (though of course not totally unconnected) - the compilers don't mean that the 'one true meaning' of a word lies somewhere in between the 2, 3, or 47 senses ('polysemes') given for that particular word. Also, the first sense listed is often the one most commonly used. –  Edwin Ashworth Apr 17 '13 at 18:27

As mentioned in another answer, calculable is a word that can be used here. It means “Able to be calculated”.

An alternative: computable, with senses “Capable of being computed” and “(computing theory) algorithmically computable, i.e. able to be calculated by a Turing machine”. If the Church-Turing thesis holds (as it does for everything studied so far), then the set of effectively calculable functions coincides with the set of algorithmically computable functions, making computable a suitable alternative to calculable.

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+1 for mentioning "computable", a choice I would prefer. –  KeyBrd Basher Apr 18 '13 at 5:18

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