im·​pu·​ta·​tion ˌim-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce imputation (audio)
: the act of imputing: such as
: accusation
denied any imputation of unfairness
: something imputed
imputative adjective
imputatively adverb

Examples of imputation in a Sentence

I resent the imputation that I'm nice to Grandmother because she has money.
Recent Examples on the Web Third, the imputation accuracy might be compromised in this region as was shown by our Finnish sample. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2010 The concept of imputation is not yet fully appreciated by forensics experts who have a biological background. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Mar. 2023 But a pardon still carries an imputation of guilt. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 In these cases — 1.2 million people in 2010, but probably many more in pandemic-scarred 2020 — the bureau has long used a statistical method called imputation, looking at nearby households to make educated guesses about who lives in the places the census field operation missed. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 They were concerned that a statistical technique called imputation used to fill in gaps in the numbers would affect state population figures and how they would be used for apportionment. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 Together, the incomplete tagging or inaccurate imputation combined with the use of an inappropriate genetic model may explain why this association has remained undetected. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2010 Two of the regions that emerged are found in HLA class I and II, suggesting that the HLA imputation panel from the HapMap may not be directly applicable to every Chinese sample. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2011 Data-rich users could be granted a grade A-B-C kind of data-index score rather than the old basic imputation model of the physical world. Michel Kilzi, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Imputation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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im·​pu·​ta·​tion ˌim-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce imputation (audio)
: the act or an instance of imputing
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