- An example of to impute is find an oil leak as the cause for a car breaking down.
- An example of to impute is to call someone clumsy.
The definition of impute is to assign a fault or blame.
- to attribute (esp. a fault or misconduct) to another; ascribe
- Theol. to ascribe (the goodness or guilt of one person) to another as well
Origin of imputeMiddle English imputen ; from Old French imputer ; from Classical Latin imputare ; from in-, in, to + putare, to estimate, think, origin, originally , to prune, cleanse: see pure
transitive verbim·put·ed, im·put·ing, im·putes
- To relate (something, usually something bad) to a particular cause or source; place the fault or responsibility for: imputed the rocket failure to a faulty gasket; kindly imputed my clumsiness to inexperience. See Synonyms at attribute.
- To assign as a characteristic; credit: the gracefulness so often imputed to cats.
Origin of imputeMiddle English imputen, from Old French emputer, from Latin imputare : in-, in; see in–2 + putare, to settle an account; see pau-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present imputes, present participle imputing, simple past and past participle imputed)
- To reckon as pertaining or attributable; to charge; to ascribe; to attribute; to set to the account of; to charge to one as the author, responsible originator, or possessor; -- generally in a bad sense.
- (theology) To ascribe (sin or righteousness) to someone by substitution.
- To take account of; to consider; to regard.
- To attribute or credit to.
- We imputed this quotation to Shakespeare.
- People impute great cleverness to cats.
- To attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source.
- The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness.
OriginSee also: imputé
impute - Legal Definition
To infer or attribute responsibility or causation.