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to attribute or ascribe something discreditable: He imputed the error to the salesperson.
Not to be confused with:
impugn – to attack as untrue; censure; malign; to cast doubt upon: Her reputation was impugned.
tr.v. im·put·ed, im·put·ing, im·putes
1. 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.
2. To assign as a characteristic; credit: the gracefulness so often imputed to cats.
1. to attribute or ascribe (something dishonest or dishonourable, esp a criminal offence) to a person
2. to attribute to a source or cause: I impute your success to nepotism.
3. (Commerce) 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]
v.t. -put•ed, -put•ing.
1. to attribute or ascribe: The children imputed magical powers to the old woman.
2. to attribute or ascribe (something discreditable) to someone or something.
3. to attribute (righteousness, guilt, etc.) to a person or persons vicariously.
4. to charge (a person) with fault.
syn: See attribute.
Past participle: imputed
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|Verb||1.||impute - attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"|
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
impute - attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source; "The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness"
credit - give someone credit for something; "We credited her for saving our jobs"
reattribute - attribute to another source
personate, personify - attribute human qualities to something; "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"
blame, charge - attribute responsibility to; "We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"
|2.||impute - attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source; "The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness"|