Impute meaning

ĭm-pyo͝ot'
To assign as a characteristic; credit.

The gracefulness so often imputed to cats.

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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.
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(theology) To ascribe (sin or righteousness) to someone by substitution.
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To take account of; to consider; to regard.
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To attribute or credit to.

We imputed this quotation to Shakespeare.

People impute great cleverness to cats.

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To attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source.

The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness.

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The definition of impute is to assign a fault or blame.

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.

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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.

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To attribute (esp. a fault or misconduct) to another; ascribe.
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To ascribe (the goodness or guilt of one person) to another as well.
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To infer or attribute responsibility or causation.
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Origin of impute

Middle English imputen from Old French emputer from Latin imputāre in- in in–2 putāre to settle an account pau-2 in Indo-European roots