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impute (verb) attribute, ascribe.

When you impute, for example, selfishness to a person, you say that they are selfish. If you impute ambition to a person for contesting in election, you mean that they want to enter politics not to serve the country, but to enjoy power. You impute ignorance to a person, if you say that they are ignorant.

  • He imputed the motive of selfishness to his brother when his brother suggested that they part ways and divide their property.
  • Ann imputed false prestige to her husband when he refused to move to a lower income area, which according to her would keep their expenditure low. His reasons, however, for the refusal were different. He could have here useful contacts for his business.
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