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Impute definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

IMPU'TE, v.t. [L. imputo; in and puto, to think, to reckon; properly, to set, to put, to throw to or on.]
1. To charge; to attribute; to set to the account of; generally ill, sometimes good. We impute crimes,sins, trespasses, faults, blame, etc., to the guilty persons. We impute wrong actions to bad motives, or to ignorance, or to folly and rashness. We impute misfortunes and miscarriages to imprudence.
And therefore it was imputed to him for
righteousness. Romans 4.
2. To attribute; to ascribe.
I have read a book imputed to lord Bathurst.
3. To reckon to one what does not belong to him.
It has been held that Adam's sin is imputed to all his
Thy merit
Imputed shall absolve them who renounce
Their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats" [syn: impute, ascribe, assign, attribute]
2: attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source; "The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness"

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (imputed; imputing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French imputer, from Latin imputare, from in- + putare to consider Date: 14th century 1. to lay the responsibility or blame for often falsely or unjustly 2. to credit to a person or a cause ; attribute <our vices as well as our virtues have been imputed to bodily derangement B. N. Cardozo> Synonyms: see ascribe imputability noun imputable adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (foll. by to) 1 regard (esp. something undesirable) as being done or caused or possessed by. 2 Theol. ascribe (righteousness, guilt, etc.) to (a person) by virtue of a similar quality in another. Derivatives: imputable adj. imputation n. imputative adj. Etymology: ME f. OF imputer f. L imputare enter in the account (as IN-(2), putare reckon)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Impute Im*pute", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imputed; p. pr. & vb. n. Imputing.] [F. imputer, L. imputare to bring into the reckoning, charge, impute; pref. im- in + putare to reckon, think. See Putative.] 1. 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. Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault, If memory o'er their tomb no trophies raise. --Gray. One vice of a darker shade was imputed to him -- envy. --Macaulay. 2. (Theol.) To adjudge as one's own (the sin or righteousness) of another; as, the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us. It was imputed to him for righteousness. --Rom. iv. 22. They merit Imputed shall absolve them who renounce Their own, both righteous and unrighteous deeds. --Milton. 3. To take account of; to consider; to regard. [R.] If we impute this last humiliation as the cause of his death. --Gibbon. Syn: To ascribe; attribute; charge; reckon; consider; imply; insinuate; refer. See Ascribe.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(imputes, imputing, imputed) If you impute something such as blame or a crime to someone, you say that they are responsible for it or are the cause of it. (FORMAL) It is grossly unfair to impute blame to the United Nations. = attribute VERB: V n to n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Ascribe (especially to some evil cause), attribute, refer, charge, consider as due.

Moby Thesaurus

accredit, accuse, adduce, allege, apply, arraign, article, ascribe, assign, attach, attribute, book, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, charge, cite, complain, credit, denounce, denunciate, fasten on, fasten upon, finger, give, hang something on, hint, hint at, impeach, imply, indict, inform against, inform on, insinuate, intimate, lay, lay charges, lodge a complaint, lodge a plaint, pin on, place, prefer charges, press charges, put, put on report, refer, report, reproach, set down to, suggest, take to task, task, taunt with, tax, twit


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