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Definitions of excuse

  1. a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; "he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. ask for permission to be released from an engagement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. serve as a reason or cause or justification of; "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce amy explain her reluctance to date again" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a note explaining an absence; "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. To free from accusation, or the imputation of fault or blame; to clear from guilt; to release from a charge; to justify by extenuating a fault; to exculpate; to absolve; to acquit. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. That which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology; as, an excuse for neglect of duty; excuses for delay of payment. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To pardon; to free from blame, obligation, or duty; to make an apology for; to justify. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. A plea offered to justify some fault or neglect of duty; an apology; a pretext or pretended reason. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. To free from blame or guilt: to forgive: to free from an obligation: to release: to make an apology or ask pardon for. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. A plea offered in extenuation of a fault. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. That which excuses; apology; plea. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. To free from blame or fault; forgive; release; apologise for; justify. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. To exculpate; vindicate; justify. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. To overlook; pardon. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. To release from a service, demand, or claim. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. A plea in extenuation of an offense, neglect, or failure; apology. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. The act of excusing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. A reason for excusing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. The act of excusing; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or an irregularity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. To free from the imputation of blame or guilt; to pardon; to free from an obligation; to remit or not to exact; to accept an apology for; to apologize for. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To free from an impending obligation or duty; hence, to disengage; to dispense with; to release by favor; also, to remit by favor; not to exact; as, to excuse a forfeiture. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. A plea offered in extenuation of a fault; an apology; a pretext. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. To pardon; to overlook on giving an explanation or apology; to disengage or free from an obligation; to justify. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. eks-k[=u]z', v.t. to free from blame or guilt: to forgive: to free from an obligation: to release, dispense with: to make an apology or ask pardon for.--n. (eks-k[=u]s') a plea offered in extenuation of a fault: indulgence.--adj. EXCUS'ABLE, admitting of justification.--n. EXCUS'ABLENESS.--adv. EXCUS'ABLY.--adj. EXCUS'ATORY, making or containing excuse: apologetic.--EXCUSE ME, an expression used as an apology for any slight impropriety, or for controverting a statement that has been made. [L. excus[=a]re--ex, from, causa, a cause, accusation.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  35. Attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (person, act); obtain exemption for (person, oneself, from duty &c.); (of things) serve as exculpation for (person, act); accept the exculpation of (person, act); release (person from a duty; also double obj., as we e. him the fee); dispense with, as we will e. your presence; e. me (as apology for lack of ceremony, interruption, &c.; also as form of dissent). So excusable, excusatory, aa., excusably adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. Apology offered, exculpation (usu. in e. of); ground of this; plea for release from duty &c. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  37. n. Act of excusing, apologizing, releasing, and the like;—a plea offered in extennation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology;—that which extenuates or justifies a fault; apology; alleviation; mitigation; palliation; extenuation. Cabinet Dictionary
  38. To extenuate by apology; to disengage from an obligation; to remit, not to exact; to pardon by allowing an apology; to throw off imputation by a feigned apology. Complete Dictionary
  39. Plea offered in extenuation, apology; the act of excusing; cause for which one is excused. Complete Dictionary

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