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v. 1) to attach to a person responsibility (and therefore financial liability) for acts or injuries to another, because of a particular relationship, such as mother to child, guardian to ward, employer to employee, or business associates. Example: a 16-year-old boy drives his father's car without a license and runs someone down. The child's negligence may be imputed to the parent, or, in the reverse, a mother drives her car and collides with a truck driven over the speed limit, and her baby in the front seat of the car is badly injured, in part due to not being put in a safety seat with a seat belt. The mother's negligence can be imputed to the child in any claim on behalf of the child against the truck driver. 2) to attribute knowledge and/or notice to a person only because of his/her relationship to the one actually possessing the information. Example: if a partner in a business is informed of something, that knowledge is imputed to his/her partner, and the partner is expected to have the information also. (See: vicarious liability)

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Delgado (20) states that psychiatrists called to testify if they would keep dangerous offenders imputable, when criminal law required so, had the mental illness as a privileged index: "the only condition considered pathognomonic of dangerousness is the presence of mental disease activity.
(28A) of section 2 of the Ordinance in relation to tax on turnover at the rates specified in rule 4 of Part I is higher than the taxable income declared, the trader qualifying under this Part may opt to take the credit for the purpose of section 111, of the difference between the said imputable income and taxable income, provided that tax at the rate of one per cent of the difference is paid along with the return.
The solution given by the Code in the article 1971 is the following: if there is not a fact imputable to the carrier, the latter is entitled to the price of the carriage, incidental fees and expenses, incurred on the route he actually made, as well as to the adequate change in the performance delay of the carriage.
The defendant objected to the plaintiffs' statement of the case, which, for the first time, referred to the acts of a Physician's Assistant Scott Luft as imputable to Dr.
To prove the statement as to cause of death, two approaches--"imputable death" and "attributable death"--are complementary and have been shown to provide comparable results.
In the Fourth Meditation Descartes says we err when we assent to what we do not clearly and distinctly apprehend, implying that error is imputable, since in such cases we have the power to withhold assent.
Market adaptation effect (Mae]: This measures the shift of a country's market share imputable to a reorientation of its exports towards markets with above average import growth.
Under the new standards for using the special valuation rules, if this reporting error were ever discovered on audit, the amount of the adjustment in imputable but unreported income would be limited to the SIFL rate for a non-control employee (which is far less than the charter value of the flight).(12)