impute


im·pute

transitive verb \im-ˈpyüt\

: to say or suggest that someone or something has or is guilty of (something)

im·put·edim·put·ing

Full Definition of IMPUTE

1
:  to lay the responsibility or blame for often falsely or unjustly
2
:  to credit to a person or a cause :  attribute <our vices as well as our virtues have been imputed to bodily derangement — B. N. Cardozo>
im·put·abil·i·ty \-ˌpyü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
im·put·able \-ˈpyü-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of IMPUTE

  1. <people often impute his silence to unfriendliness and not to the shyness it really represents>

Origin of IMPUTE

Middle English, from Anglo-French imputer, from Latin imputare, from in- + putare to consider
First Known Use: 14th century

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