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impute

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1  —as in:
imputed the outburst to stress
Definition attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)
  • Her critics impute a more cynical motive.
impute = attribute (say something is caused by)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The challenger tries to impute all of our problems to the current administration.
  • impute = attribute (say something is caused by something else)
  • And not impute this yielding to light love,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • he observed that whatever might have been her errors they were to be imputed to her neglected education and early marriage, and that she was altogether a wonderful woman.
    Jane Austen  --  Lady Susan
  • it was charity to impute some of her unbecoming indifference to the languor of illhealth.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I never impute motives
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It was imputed to very reasonable weariness, and she was thanked and pitied; but she deserved their pity more than she hoped they would ever surmise.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • imputed = attributed (thought to be caused due to)
  • And not impute this yielding to light love,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • impute = attribute (think this is caused by)
  • Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • imputation = attribution or belief
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  •   ...But yet, I say,
      If imputation and strong circumstances,
      Which lead directly to the door of truth,
      Will give you satisfaction, you may have't.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
imputation = attribute this to; or believe the cause is
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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2  —as in:
impatience often imputed to youth
Definition to say something is a characteristic of someone or something
  • She is too quick to generalize and impute personality traits based upon stereotypes.
impute = attribute (something as a characteristic of a group)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They impute sinister motives to their opponents.
  • impute = attribute (something as a characteristic of a group)
  • The court did not impute fault on either party.
  • impute = assign (say someone has a characteristic)
  • They made up stories to impute that she is heartless.
  • impute = say (someone has a characteristic)
  • I could not bear to be, imputing more than might be intended.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • imputing = attributing something as a characteristic of someone
  • What he wanted to say was stronger in him when he was alone; and though he imputed to Max the feelings he wanted to grasp, he could not talk of them to Max until he had forgotten Max's presence.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • imputed = attributed (something as a characteristic of someone)
  • Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Magi
imputation = the act of attributing a characteristic to someone
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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3  —as in:
imputed the interest expense
Definition to calculate and assign a value for something — typically where the value is inferred based on other information
  • The IRS uses a formula to impute tips.
impute = calculate and assign a value (to something)
  • They impute the missing data based on historical norms.
impute = calculate and assign a value (to something)

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