(law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification(verb)
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"
exonerate by means of an alibi
The plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove that he was in another place when the alleged act was committed; as, to set up an alibi; to prove an alibi
to provide an alibi for
to provide an excuse for
the plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove that he was in another place when the alleged act was committed; as, to set up an alibi; to prove an alibi
Origin: [L., elsewhere, at another place. See Alias.]
Alibi is a 1929 American crime film directed by Roland West. The screenplay was written by West and C. Gardner Sullivan, who adapted the 1927 Broadway stage play, Nightstick, written by Elaine Sterne Carrington, J.C. Nugent, Elliott Nugent and John Wray. Alternate titles for the film include The Perfect Alibi and Nightstick. The movie is a crime melodrama starring Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs, Mae Busch and Eleanore Griffith. Director West experimented a great deal with sound, music, and camera angles.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
al′i-bī, n. the plea that a person charged with a crime was elsewhere when it was committed. [L.—alius, other, ibi, there.]
The numerical value of alibi in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of alibi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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That potentially shifts the onus onto the Cuban government if they can't expand internet access, they may have lost that bit of an alibi.
The policy is to keep the FDLR as long as possible in eastern Congo because if it's gone Kabila himself will no longer have an alibi to not provide the basics to his people – water, education, food, security.
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- دفع بالغيبة, عذرArabic
- coartadaCatalan, Valencian
- ալիբի, այլուրեքությունArmenian
- 알리바이, 알리비Korean
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