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>
imputabilityplay \im-ˌpyü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
imputableplay \im-ˈpyü-tə-bəl\ adjective
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 done 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." Another sense of impute means "to calculate as a value or cost (as for taxation)," as in "impute a benefit from the use of the car."
Origin and Etymology 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
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Definition of impute for English Language Learners
: to say or suggest that someone or something has or is guilty of (something)
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>
imputation\ˌim-pyə-ˈtā-shən\ play noun
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