Legal Definition of impute
- To attribute, as a fault or crime, to a person
Definition of impute
French imputer, Latin imputare ("to bring into the reckoning, charge, impute").
to impute (third-person singular simple present imputes, present participle imputing, simple past and past participle imputed)
- (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.
* Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault, If memory o'er their tomb no trophies raise. -- Thomas Gray.
* One vice of a darker shade was imputed to him - envy. --Thomas Babington Macaulay.
- (transitive) (theology) 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.
- (transitive) To take account of; to consider; to regard.
* If we impute this last humiliation as the cause of his death. --Edward Gibbon.
- (transitive) To attribute or credit to.
We imputed this quotation to Shakespeare.
People impute great cleverness to cats.
- (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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