Definition of impute
1 : to lay the responsibility or blame for often falsely or unjustly
2 : to credit to a person or a cause : attribute our vices as well as our virtues have been imputed to bodily derangement — B. N. Cardozo
imputabilityplay \im-ˌpyü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
imputableplay \im-ˈpyü-tə-bəl\ adjective
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Examples of impute in a Sentence
people often impute his silence to unfriendliness and not to the shyness it really represents
Recent Examples of impute from the Web
The FBI also points to evidence of Russian responsibility, but remains much more cautious about imputing motive or intent.
To impute such sage maturity to one’s juniors may be the ultimate version of fantasy football.
The fallback explanation imputes genes, which is probably roughly accurate.
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Impute is a somewhat formal word that is used to suggest that someone or something has done or is guilty of something. It is similar in meaning to such words as ascribe and attribute, though it is more likely to suggest an association with something that brings discredit. When we impute something, we typically impute it to someone or something. You may also encounter the related noun imputation, which appears in such contexts as "I deny all your imputations of blame." Another sense of impute means "to calculate as a value or cost (as for taxation)," as in "impute a benefit from the use of the car."
Origin and Etymology of impute
Middle English, from Anglo-French imputer, from Latin imputare, from in- + putare to consider
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of impute
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Definition of impute for English Language Learners
: to say or suggest that someone or something has or is guilty of (something)
Legal Definition of impute
1 : to consider or calculate as a value or cost (as for taxation); broadly : to reckon as an actual thing impute a benefit from the use of the car
2 in the civil law of Louisiana : to direct (payment) to principal or interest
3 : to attribute to a party especially because of responsibility for another impute knowledge to his corporate superior
imputation\ˌim-pyə-ˈtā-shən\ play noun
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