|1.||[ noun ] (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question|
|Related terms:||defense law|
|2.||[ verb ] exonerate by means of an alibi|
|Related terms:||excuse excuse|
|3.||[ noun ] a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.|
|Synonyms:||excuse exculpation self-justification|
"he kept finding excuses to stay" "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job" "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
|Related terms:||defense extenuation excuse excuse|