V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the act of accusing somebody of something; 2. the act of attributing something to a particular and specific cause; 3. an accusation or assignment of blame

Synonyms: blame, accusation, attribution, assignment, ascription, insinuation

Antonyms: absolution

Tips: An imputation is a combination of an accusation and an assignment of blame for the outcome of the accusation. Impute is the verb form of imputation. It means "to assign or ascribe blame" or "to attribute something to someone."

Usage Examples:

I don't mean to impute you, but I did notice that you seem to know a lot about what happened. (accuse) verb

The police officer made the imputation that the car he found was the one reported missing, even though the license plate was a number different than the one given to him. (attribution, ascription)

The imputation that my success was due to nepotism meant that I was not taken seriously. (accusation, insinuation)

He simply denied the imputation that he was involved in the crime. (accusation, assignment of guilt)

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