Definition of EXCUSE

noun : EXCUSE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 2. (

    ) a note explaining an absence; "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him" ;

  • 3. (

    ) a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile" ;

verb : EXCUSE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 3. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 6. (

    ) excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities" ;

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