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1: a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; 'every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job' 'his transparent self-justification was unacceptable'
2: a note explaining an absence
3: a poor example; 'a poor excuse for an automobile'


1: accept an excuse for
2: grant exemption or release to
3: serve as a reason or cause or justification of; 'Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again'
4: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; 'he rationalized his lack of success'
5: ask for permission to be released from an engagement
6: excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; 'She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities'

Example sentence: What is your excuse for being late?

Synonyms: alibi exculpation self-justification


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