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Related / Similar Words: apology, alibi, exculpation, self-justification, condone, explain, relieve, let off, exempt, beg off, apologize, apologise, justify, rationalize, rationalise, pardon

 

Definition:
  • a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile";
  • a note explaining an absence; "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him";
  • 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";
  • excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone''s behavior"; "She condoned her husband''s occasional infidelities";
  • 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";
  • grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class";
  • ask for permission to be released from an engagement;
  • defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child''s seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success";
  • accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands";

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    Hyponyms: extenuation, mitigation, alibi, frank, color, colour, gloss, plead, extenuate, palliate, mitigate

     

    Derivational Morphology: beg off, relieve, let off, exempt, alibi, condone, apologize, apologise, justify, rationalize, rationalise, explain, pardon, condonation, exculpation, self-justification, pardoner, forgiver, excuser, explanation, rationalization, rationalisation, justification, apologist, vindicator, justifier, apology, apologia, forgiveness

     

     
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