im·pu·ta·tion | \ˌim-pyə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of imputation 

1 : the act of imputing: such as

a : attribution, ascription

b : accusation denied any imputation of unfairness

c : insinuation

2 : something imputed

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imputative \im-ˈpyü-tə-tiv \ adjective
imputatively adverb

Synonyms for imputation


innuendo, insinuation

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Examples of imputation in a Sentence

I resent the imputation that I'm nice to Grandmother because she has money.

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The problem with going 0-6 in elimination games the last two seasons is the unfair imputations of choking that overlook the injury situation. Bill Livingston,, "Cleveland Indians 2018: The 0-and-6 close-out game problem -- Bill Livingston," 28 Mar. 2018 In New York, state and federal judges scrapped the imputation of homosexuality as grounds for defamation in 2012. Michael Hiltzik,, "By tossing a Richard Simmons libel case, a judge strikes a blow against transgender discrimination," 5 Sep. 2017 Additional with other duties during a six-year term, Milford’s mayor would budget the city, with department leaders and warden imputation., "Column: Civic cogency collection of Milford," 30 Aug. 2017 Gil McVean spelled out how this will work by applying early 1KG data to results from the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium using the process of genotype imputation. Daniel Macarthur, WIRED, "Major themes from Biology of Genomes meeting," 8 May 2009

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First Known Use of imputation

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of imputation was in 1581

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evasion of direct action or statement

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