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[im-pyoo-tey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of imputing.
  2. an attribution, as of fault or crime; accusation.
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Origin of imputation

1535–45; < Late Latin imputātiōn- (stem of imputātiō), equivalent to Latin imputāt(us) past participle of imputāre to ascribe, impute + -iōn- -ion
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Related Words

accusation, insinuation, attribution, incrimination, allegation

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Historical Examples

  • Then turning to me—You can bear the imputation of sullenness I see!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Then we must in every way strain every nerve to avoid the imputation of being slaves?

  • This, at times subjected him to the imputation of meanness, but for this he cared little.

  • The malevolence of party has alone the merit of such an imputation.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Nothing is too base, nothing too infamous, for an imputation.

Word Origin and History for imputation


1540s, noun of action from impute (v.) on model of Middle French imputation, or else from Late Latin imputationem (nominative imputatio), noun of action from imputare.

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