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[im-pyoo-tid] /ɪmˈpyu tɪd/
estimated to have a certain cash value, although no money has been received or credited.
Origin of imputed
First recorded in 1905-10; impute + -ed2
Related forms
unimputed, adjective


[im-pyoot] /ɪmˈpyut/
verb (used with object), imputed, imputing.
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.
1325-75; Middle English imputen < Latin imputāre, equivalent to im- im-1 + putāre to assess, reckon, think; see putative
Related forms
imputable, adjective
[im-pyoo-tuh-tiv] /ɪmˈpyu tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
imputatively, adverb
imputativeness, noun
imputedly, adverb
imputer, noun
nonimputable, adjective
nonimputableness, noun
nonimputably, adverb
nonimputative, adjective
nonimputatively, adverb
nonimputativeness, noun
unimputable, adjective
Can be confused
impugn, impute.
Synonym Study
1. See attribute. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for imputed
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  • All shall be imputed to that modesty which has ever so much distinguished you.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • In some cases, this must be imputed to themselves, as their own fault.

  • An amusing anecdote is imputed to his sister, Mrs. Homer Page, of Milan.

  • He condescended to take oath that he had not done this thing which they imputed to him.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • That Dr. Burckhardt wrote in other than good faith is not to be imputed.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • Now this impertinent lackey, who is to say what has he not imputed to me?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • I did everything to save it, except that which is imputed to me, but that I did not, and I will prove it.

  • I have said all this in vindication of the Christians, to whom the errors of the Jews are too often imputed.

    Thais Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for imputed


verb (transitive)
to attribute or ascribe (something dishonest or dishonourable, esp a criminal offence) to a person
to attribute to a source or cause: I impute your success to nepotism
(commerce) to give (a notional value) to goods or services when the real value is unknown
Derived Forms
imputation, noun
imputative, adjective
imputer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin imputāre, from im- + putāre to think, calculate
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Word Origin and History for imputed



early 15c., from Old French imputer (14c.) and directly from Latin imputare "to reckon, make account of, charge, ascribe," from assimilated form of in- "in, into" (see in- (2)) + putare "reckon, clear up, trim, prune, settle" (see pave). Related: Imputed; imputing.

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