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impute

[im-pyoot] /ɪmˈpyut/
verb (used with object), imputed, imputing.
1.
to attribute or ascribe:
The children imputed magical powers to the old woman.
2.
to attribute or ascribe (something discreditable), as to a person.
3.
Law. to ascribe to or charge (a person) with an act or quality because of the conduct of another over whom one has control or for whose acts or conduct one is responsible.
4.
Theology. to attribute (righteousness, guilt, etc.) to a person or persons vicariously; ascribe as derived from another.
5.
Obsolete. to charge (a person) with fault.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English imputen < Latin imputāre, equivalent to im- im-1 + putāre to assess, reckon, think; see putative
Related forms
imputable, adjective
imputative
[im-pyoo-tuh-tiv] /ɪmˈpyu tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
imputatively, adverb
imputativeness, noun
imputedly, adverb
imputer, noun
nonimputable, adjective
nonimputableness, noun
nonimputably, adverb
nonimputative, adjective
nonimputatively, adverb
nonimputativeness, noun
unimputable, adjective
Can be confused
impugn, impute.
Synonyms
1. See attribute.
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  • If readings are missing for some period at one site, averages of nearby sites are used to impute a value for that site.
British Dictionary definitions for impute

impute

/ɪmˈpjuːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to attribute or ascribe (something dishonest or dishonourable, esp a criminal offence) to a person
2.
to attribute to a source or cause I impute your success to nepotism
3.
(commerce) to give (a notional value) to goods or services when the real value is unknown
Derived Forms
imputation, noun
imputative, adjective
imputer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin imputāre, from im- + putāre to think, calculate
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Word Origin and History for impute
v.

early 15c., from Old French imputer (14c.) and directly from Latin imputare "to reckon, make account of, charge, ascribe," from assimilated form of in- "in, into" (see in- (2)) + putare "reckon, clear up, trim, prune, settle" (see pave). Related: Imputed; imputing.

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