excuse

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  • To make allowance for; overlook or forgive.
  • To grant pardon to; forgive.
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  • To apologize for (oneself) for an act that could cause offense.
  • To explain (a fault or offense) in the hope of being forgiven or understood; try to justify: <i>synonym</i>: <strong> forgive</strong>.
  • To serve as justification for.
  • To free, as from an obligation or duty; exempt.
  • To give permission to leave; release.
  • An explanation offered to justify or obtain forgiveness.
  • A reason or grounds for excusing.
  • The act of excusing.
  • A note explaining an absence.
  • An inferior example.
  • (<em>Excuse me</em>) Used to acknowledge and ask forgiveness for an action that could cause offense.
  • (<em>Excuse me</em>) Used to request that a statement be repeated.
  • To offer an excuse or apology for: often reflexively.
  • To furnish or serve as an excuse or apology for; serve as justification for; justify.
  • To pardon, as a fault; forgive entirely, or overlook as venial or not blameworthy.
  • To free or release from an obligation or duty; release by favor.
  • To remit; refrain from exacting: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="excuse">excuse</internalXref> a fine.
  • To regard, permit, or receive with indulgence.
  • To shield from blame.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> To extenuate.
  • To exempt, release, let off.
  • The act of excusing or apologizing, exculpating or justifying.
  • A plea offered or reason given in extenuation of a fault or a failure in duty; an apology; as, the debtor makes <em>excuses</em> for delay of payment.
  • That which serves as a reason or ground for excusing; an extenuating or justifying fact or argument, or what is adduced as such by way of apology or to secure pardon.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Apology, Excuse, Plea.</em> See <internalXref urlencoded="apology">apology</internalXref>.
  • The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation.
  • That which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology
  • That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault.
  • 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.
  • To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook.
  • To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon.
  • To free from an impending obligation or duty; hence, to disengage; to dispense with; to release by favor; also, to remit by favor; not to exact.
  • To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for.
  • To <xref>forgive</xref>; to <xref>pardon</xref>.
  • To allow to leave.
  • To provide an excuse for; to <xref>explain</xref>, with the aim of alleviating guilt or negative judgement.
  • An explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgment.
  • A defense to a <xref>criminal</xref> or <xref>civil</xref> charge wherein the accused party admits to doing acts for which legal consequences would normally be appropriate, but asserts that special circumstances relieve that party of <xref>culpability</xref> for having done those acts.
  • An <xref>example</xref>.
  • grant exemption or release to
  • a poor example
  • excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
  • a note explaining an absence
  • accept an excuse for
  • defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
  • a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
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