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 imputative (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.
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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 12 Aug. 2020.

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