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

Syn: ↑excuse, ↑alibi, ↑self-justification
Derivationally related forms: ↑alibi (for: ↑alibi), ↑excuse (for: ↑excuse)
Hypernyms: ↑defense, ↑defence, ↑vindication
Hyponyms: ↑extenuation, ↑mitigation
2. the act of freeing from guilt or blame
Derivationally related forms: ↑exculpate
Hypernyms: ↑forgiveness, ↑pardon

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


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