impute


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Wikipedia.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
We can certainly treat the corporation as if it were a moral agent, but since it is not a moral agent, it does not (and cannot) really have any responsibility, and if so, we cannot of course impute real responsibility on that basis to the group's members.
These methods use maximum likelihood estimates (MLEs) to estimate distribution parameters based on the available data (both the observed values < LOD and the proportion of values < LOD) that are subsequently used to impute values for observations < LOD so that a complete data set is created.
In assessing accuracy of datasets with imputed hotdeck values for estimating demographic characteristics, a critical question is whether there is a relationship between having an imputed value and the concept being imputed after controlling for the covariates used to impute the data.
When the court fails to impute income to the marital home at the same time that it uses or imputes income to the other spouse's asset(s) awarded in lieu of the marital home, this produces a redistribution of assets funded with an alimony component.
However, the procedure used to impute missing hours at initiation has changed.
Strength: Maintains the size of the database Uses the information in each record to impute the missing values in that record
2d DCA 1995), where the husband had an established ability to pay support, the court refused to impute income to the wife based on her ability to convert her retirement plan to an ongoing payment stream.
Based on variations of the mean variance of prediction and the confidence bands formed by confidence intervals of the mean imputed SF-12 values, a cut point of number of missing SF-12 items was determined for using the simple versus the enhanced model to impute SF-12 PCS and MCS scores.
Typically, research impute impute a 4-year college degree to individuals who report completing 16th grade.
To date, no long-term air pollution epidemiology study has applied such exposure maps to impute exposure, although the great potential of the GIS and environmental epidemiology has been well acknowledged (24,25).
Beginning in January 2004, Reserve Banks will impute the income from clearing balance investments on the basis of a broader portfolio of investments than the three-month Treasury bills used today, selected from instruments available to banks and subject to a risk-management framework that includes criteria consistent with those used by bank holding companies and regulators in evaluating investment risk.
The current ratings impute continued strong financial performance and a conservative risk profile.