Impute Definition

imputed, imputes, imputing
imputed, imputes, imputing
To attribute (esp. a fault or misconduct) to another; ascribe.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To assign as a characteristic; credit.
The gracefulness so often imputed to cats.
American Heritage
To ascribe (the goodness or guilt of one person) to another as well.
Webster's New World
To infer or attribute responsibility or causation.
Webster's New World Law

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French imputer, from Latin imputare (“to bring into the reckoning, charge, impute”).

    From Wiktionary


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