im·​pu·​ta·​tion | \ ˌim-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce imputation (audio) \

Definition of imputation

1 : the act of imputing: such as
a : accusation denied any imputation of unfairness
2 : something imputed

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imputative \ im-​ˈpyü-​tə-​tiv How to pronounce imputation (audio) \ adjective
imputatively adverb

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I resent the imputation that I'm nice to Grandmother because she has money.
Recent Examples on the Web And for another, imputation algorithms are getting better at guessing unknown bits of genetic code from the surrounding snippets. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Cops Are Getting a New Tool For Family-Tree Sleuthing," 16 Dec. 2020 The very framing of that argument—the imputation of disloyalty to the Constitution on the part of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—is an act of bad faith. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Rejects Texas’s Shameful Lawsuit, But There Has to Be a Reckoning," 12 Dec. 2020 Multiple imputation accounting for loss to follow-up yielded similar results. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "First randomized control trial shows face masks 'did not reduce' coronavirus infections with 'statistical significance'," 18 Nov. 2020 After the 2000 Census, Utah sued the Commerce Department for using imputation to infer how many people lived at a residence when people didn’t respond to the survey. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Judiciary Grabs the Census," 8 Oct. 2020 Are lower wages the indulgence required of the American underclass to avoid the imputation of sinister motives by Rye? John Hirschauer, National Review, "Angela Rye Knows You’re Racist," 24 June 2019 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

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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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“Imputation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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