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impute

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verb im·pute \im-ˈpyüt\

Simple Definition of impute

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

Full Definition of impute

im·put·edim·put·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay the responsibility or blame for often falsely or unjustly

  3. 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 play \-ˌpyü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
im·put·able play \-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

Synonym Discussion of impute

ascribe, attribute, assign, impute, credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing. ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship <forged paintings formerly ascribed to masters>. attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe , less definiteness than assign <attributed to Rembrandt but possibly done by an associate>. assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation <assigned the bones to the Cretaceous period>. impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame <tried to impute sinister motives to my actions>. credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation <credited his teammates for his success>.


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