Dictionary > Impute


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. 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. If we impute this last humiliation as the cause of his death. (Gibbon)
Synonym: to ascribe, attribute, charge, reckon, consider, imply, insinuate, refer. See Ascribe.
Origin: f. Imputer, L. Imputare to bring into the reckoning, charge, impute; pref. Im- in – putare to reckon, think. See putative.

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