excused, past tense; excused, past participle; excusing, present participle; excuses, 3rd person singular present;
Attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify
he did nothing to hide or excuse Jacob's cruelty
Forgive (someone) for a fault or offense
you must excuse my sister
he could be excused for feeling that he was born at the wrong time
Overlook or forgive (a fault or offense)
sit down—excuse the mess
(of a fact or circumstance) Serve in mitigation of (a person or act)
his ability excuses most of his faults
Release (someone) from a duty or requirement
it will not be possible to excuse you from jury duty
(used in polite formulas) Allow (someone) to leave a room or gathering
now, if you'll excuse us, we have to be getting along
Say politely that one is leaving
(used esp. by school pupils) Be allowed to leave the room, esp. to go to the bathroom
please, can I be excused?
A reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense
there can be no possible excuse for any further delay
no one will have the excuse that they didn’t know
A reason put forward to conceal the real reason for an action; a pretext
they use their hunting as an excuse to get away from the womenfolk
A poor or inadequate example of
that pathetic excuse for a man!
accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands"
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"
a note explaining an absence; "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class"
apology: a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
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 may explain her reluctance to date again"
apologize: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
ask for permission to be released from an engagement
excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"
(excusable) capable of being overlooked
(excusable) easily excused or forgiven; "a venial error"
In jurisprudence, an excuse or justification is a defense to criminal charges that is distinct from an exculpation. In this context, "to excuse" means to grant or obtain an exemption for a group of persons sharing a common characteristic from a potential liability. ...
An explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgment; To forgive; to pardon; To allow to leave; To provide an excuse for; to explain, with the aim of alleviating guilt or negative judgement
(excusation) The act of offering an excuse or apology, or the fact of being excused; an excuse, a defence
(Excuses) By far the most over-used excuse--"I don't have enough time." What you're really saying is "I'm not willing to make it a priority." 2B Athletes are honest about what they're willing to make a priority in their lives.
(Excuses) Justifications that the brain uses to convince you that you have a really good reason why you are feeling the emotions or why you are not happy or fulfilled. ...
(Excuses) The "reasons" people typically give as "justifications" for why they failed in the past.
(Excuses) Your abuser rationalizes what he or she has done. The person may come up with a string of excuses or blame you for the abusive behavior—anything to avoid taking responsibility.
(Excusal) A course infraction for which the judge immediately excuses the dog and handler from the ring.
n. means to explain poor result in rally, or ditching or similar manouevres
The explanation for the performance or nonperformance of a particular act; a reason alleged in court as a basis for exemption or relief from guilt.
A Judge’s decision to end the run because the dog is attacking or attempting to attack the stock
n. A statement which serves as evidence of a guilty conscience.
v. to take away blame; to pardon; to forgive; n. a reason (sometimes false) for an action
the speaker acknowledges that the behavior is wrong and gives a reason for his or her action