- 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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Imputative righteousness is my Flag, having this motto, Being cast down, we perish not!An English Garner (4 of 8)
- 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 imputative
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