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1. The act of imputing or charging; attribution; ascription; also, anything imputed or charged. Shylock. Antonio is a good man. Bassanio. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary? (Shak) If i had a suit to master shallow, i would humor his men with the imputation of being near their master. (Shak)

2. Charge or attribution of evil; censure; reproach; insinuation. Let us be careful to guard ourselves against these groundless imputation of our enemies. (Addison)

3. A setting of something to the account of; the attribution of personal guilt or personal righteousness of another; as, the imputation of the sin of adam, or the righteousness of christ.

4. Opinion; intimation; hint.

Origin: L. Imputatio an account, a charge: cf. F. Imputation.

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