Simple Definition of impute
: to say or suggest that someone or something has or is guilty of (something)
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>
Examples of impute in a sentence
<people often impute his silence to unfriendliness and not to the shyness it really represents>
Did You Know?
Impute is a somewhat formal word that is used to suggest that someone or something has or is guilty of something. It is similar in meaning to such words as "ascribe" and "attribute," though it is more likely to suggest an association with something that brings discredit. When we "impute" something, we typically impute it to someone or something. You may also encounter the related noun "imputation," which appears in such contexts as "I deny all your imputations of blame."
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
Legal Definition of impute
1 : to consider or calculate as a value or cost (as for taxation); broadly : to reckon as an actual thing <impute a benefit from the use of the car>
2 in the civil law of Louisiana : to direct (payment) to principal or interest
3 : to attribute to a party especially because of responsibility for another <impute knowledge to his corporate superior>
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