To relate to a particular cause or source; attribute the fault or responsibility to: imputed the rocket failure to a faulty gasket; kindly imputed my clumsiness to inexperience.
To assign as a characteristic; credit: the gracefulness so often imputed to cats. See Synonyms at attribute.
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