Imputation is the attributing of actions to a source: often, imputation involves actions that are criminal.

Imputation takes words or actions and ties them to a person or a cause. An imputation is when you say "He did it!" Imputations are therefore similar to accusations. Often, this word relates to imputations of dirty deeds, especially illegal deeds. "My brother stole the car" is an imputation. "The butler killed the maid" is an imputation. Imputations place blame, usually for something very wrong indeed. This word is often used in legal situations, when imputations are part of testimony.

Definitions of imputation

n the attribution to a source or cause

“the imputation that my success was due to nepotism meant that I was not taken seriously”
Type of:
ascription, attribution
assigning to a cause or source

n a statement attributing something dishonest (especially a criminal offense)

“he denied the imputation
finger-pointing, fingerpointing
the imputation of blame
Type of:
accusal, accusation
a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt

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