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excuse meaning and definition

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Definition of excuse (noun)

  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"
    • synonyms: alibi, exculpation, self-justification
  2. a note explaining an absence
    • "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
  3. a poor example
    • "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
    • synonyms: apology


Definition of excuse (verb)

  1. accept an excuse for
    • "Please excuse my dirty hands"
    • synonyms: pardon
  2. grant exemption or release to
  3. 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 may explain her reluctance to date again"
    • synonyms: explain
  4. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
  5. ask for permission to be released from an engagement
  6. excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
    • "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"
    • synonyms: condone
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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