- 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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Examples from the Web for impute
As a former rock critic, Ms. Maslin should know better than to impute bad intent here.The Maslin Stain: A Writer Defends Himself Against the NYT Critic
February 1, 2013
People will impute responsibility on them for the actions of the family member.Wisconsin Spa Shooting Brings Back Painful Memories for the Moms of Mass Killers
October 25, 2012
Fringe characters—guides, drivers—sometimes appear out of nowhere, with the reader being left to impute who "Vanya" is.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
January 22, 2011
Desires her to treat her freely; but wishes not that she should impute love to her; and why.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But I sincerely hope you do not impute improper motives to the incognito?Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Say what you like of the mother, but you shall not impute such motives to Alice.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
The natives, however, impute these defects to the wetness of the season.
I impute nothing whatever to him, he was ever most kind to me.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
- 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
Word Origin and History for impute
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper