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impute

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)

impute

verb adsignare, apply, ascribe, ascribere, assign, attach, attribuere, attribute, attribute vicariously, blame, charge to, charge upon, credit, fix the burden of, fix the responsibility for, fix upon, place the blame on, place the responsibility for, put
Associated concepts: imputed consent, imputed guilt, immuted intent, imputed knowledge, imputed liability, immuted negligence, imputed notice
See also: accuse, ascribe, attribute, charge, cite, complain, denounce, fault, implicate, present
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And if an indirectly willed action can be imputable, does the designation itself have any great moral significance?
43) Everyone "irresistibly" grants authority to the moral law, because of what Kant calls the innate human predisposition to personality--which, unlike a propensity, is not freely chosen or imputable.
Please note that, under the conditions of manufacturer's liability towards consumers, the imputable damage only includes: (a) the damage caused by death or by personal injuries; (b) the damage to, or destruction of, any item of property other than the defective product itself, with a lower threshold of 500 euros, provided that the item of property is of a type ordinarily intended for private use or consumption and was used by the injured person mainly for his own private use or consumption.
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It is important to stress that the order of publication obeys the logic of "time not imputable to Authors", that is, once accepted, articles that are published first are those that have spent more time with BAR's Editors or Reviewers, not counting the time spent by the respective Authors to produce the revisions demanded by the Editor.
non-criminal group whose leader is guilty of potentially imputable criminal acts.
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Le malaise n'est pas seulement imputable a un decalage incontestablement croissant entre les grands modeles institutionnels de la democratie parlementaire et la realite du monde moderne, le malaise nait probablement surtout d'une derive de la culture democratique qui porte les germes de la depolitisation du monde et tend a reduire la democratie a un contenant sans contenu.
The remarkable progress of the Bengal students this year is, I think, entirely imputable to their being provided with books, as in the other departments.
The acts of the head of government are always imputable to the state, as are the acts of ministers within the scope of their ministries.
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