[im-pyoo-tey-shuh n]


the act of imputing.
an attribution, as of fault or crime; accusation.

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

Examples from the Web for imputation

Contemporary Examples of imputation

  • BH: Well, for many years I resisted the imputation that Edna was based on my own mother.

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    Dame Edna Mouths Off

    Kevin Sessums

    March 17, 2010

  • In any event, she came forth with this imputation of careless work on the part of Dr. Lennon, an academic of some stature.

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    Norman Mailer vs. Everyone

    Norman Mailer

    February 27, 2009

Historical Examples of imputation

  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper