Etymology
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impute (v.)

early 15c., from Old French imputer, emputer (14c.) and directly from Latin imputare "to reckon, make account of, charge, ascribe," from assimilated form of in- "in, into" (from PIE root *en "in") + putare "to trim, prune; reckon, clear up, settle (an account)," from PIE *puto- "cut, struck," suffixed form of root *pau- (2) "to cut, strike, stamp." Related: Imputed; imputing.

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Definitions of impute

impute (v.)
attribute or credit to;
People impute great cleverness to cats
Synonyms: ascribe / assign / attribute
impute (v.)
attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source;
The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness
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