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. Theol. 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.
n 1: a statement attributing something dishonest (especially a
criminal offense); "he denied the imputation"
2: the attribution to a source or cause; "the imputation that
my success was due to nepotism meant that I was not taken
is used to designate any action or word or thing as reckoned to
a person. Thus in doctrinal language (1) the sin of Adam is
imputed to all his descendants, i.e., it is reckoned as theirs,
and they are dealt with therefore as guilty; (2) the
righteousness of Christ is imputed to them that believe in him,
or so attributed to them as to be considered their own; and (3)
our sins are imputed to Christ, i.e., he assumed our
"law-place," undertook to answer the demands of justice for our
sins. In all these cases the nature of imputation is the same
(Rom. 5:12-19; comp. Philemon 1:18, 19).