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Excuse meaning

excuse - 10 dictionary results

  1. 1. a note explaining an absence; " he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
  2. 2. To free from accusation, or the imputation of fault or blame; to clear from guilt; to release from a charge; to justify by extenuating a fault; to exculpate; to absolve; to acquit.
  3. 3. To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it.
  4. 4. To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon.
  5. 5. To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for.
  6. 6. The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation.
  7. 7. That which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology; as, an excuse for neglect of duty; excuses for delay of payment.
  8. 8. That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault.
  9. 9. That which excuses; apology; plea.
  10. 10. To free from blame or fault; forgive; release; apologise for; justify.

excuse - examples of usage

  1. Excuse me, ma'am, but my breath was quite taken away by hearing the young lady speak of a Maggie Horn.
  2. I shall make Violet's visit an excuse. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. The excuse is a good one. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
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