[ im-pyoot ]
/ ɪmˈpyut /

verb (used with object), im·put·ed, im·put·ing.

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

1325–75; Middle English imputen < Latin imputāre, equivalent to im- im-1 + putāre to assess, reckon, think; see putative

Related forms

Can be confused

impugn impute

Synonym study

1. See attribute. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for imputable

British Dictionary definitions for imputable (1 of 2)


/ (ɪmˈpjuːtəbəl) /


capable of being imputed; attributable; ascribable

Derived Forms

imputability or imputableness, nounimputably, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for imputable (2 of 2)


/ (ɪmˈpjuːt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

imputation, nounimputative, adjectiveimputer, noun

Word Origin for impute

C14: from Latin imputāre, from im- + putāre to think, calculate
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