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
Similar spelling:   alb