- to attribute or ascribe: The children imputed magical powers to the old woman.
- to attribute or ascribe (something discreditable), as to a person.
- Law. to ascribe to or charge (a person) with an act or quality because of the conduct of another over whom one has control or for whose acts or conduct one is responsible.
- Theology. to attribute (righteousness, guilt, etc.) to a person or persons vicariously; ascribe as derived from another.
- Obsolete. to charge (a person) with fault.
Origin of impute
1. See attribute.
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Examples from the Web for imputable
Or if he does believe so, it is his own individual mistake, not imputable to the demonstration.Aristotle
All personal preferences for certain forms of art are imputable to the predomination of the male or the female in the individual.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning
Willard Huntington Wright
But those errors were imputable to carelessness much more than to malice.
He was willing, therefore, to take all the blame which was imputable to this circumstance upon himself.
The first introduction of slaves is not imputable to the present generation, nor even to their ancestors.
- capable of being imputed; attributable; ascribable
- to attribute or ascribe (something dishonest or dishonourable, esp a criminal offence) to a person
- to attribute to a source or causeI impute your success to nepotism
- commerce to give (a notional value) to goods or services when the real value is unknown
C14: from Latin imputāre, from im- + putāre to think, calculate
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Word Origin and History for imputable
1620s, from Medieval Latin imputabilis, from Latin imputare (see impute).
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