Wednesday, February 12, 2014

impute

impute (third-person singular simple present imputes, present participle imputing, simple past and past participle imputed)

  1. (transitive) 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.
  2. (transitive, theology) To ascribe (sin or righteousness) to someone by substitution.
  3. (transitive) To take account of; to consider; to regard.
  4. (transitive) To attribute or credit to.
    We imputed this quotation to Shakespeare.
    People impute great cleverness to cats.
  5. (transitive) To attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source.
    The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness.

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