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

Other Words from imputation

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

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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 In the last census in 2010, only 0.4% of households were counted by imputation. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 15 Sep. 2021 This process, called imputation, is still better than leaving the census forms blank. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 The Washington Post noted in an article last July that Census Bureau employees had raised concerns about Cogley and Korzeniewski's questioning the need for imputation. Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 And for another, imputation algorithms are getting better at guessing unknown bits of genetic code from the surrounding snippets. Megan Molteni, Wired, 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, 12 Dec. 2020 Multiple imputation accounting for loss to follow-up yielded similar results. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, 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, 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, 24 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of imputation

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Imputation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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