Definitions for alibiˈæl əˌbaɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(n.)Law. the defense by an accused person of having been elsewhere when an offense was committed.
an excuse, esp. to avoid blame.
a person used as one's excuse.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(v.i.)to give an excuse; offer a defense.
Category: Informal, Usage Note
(v.t.)to provide an alibi for (someone). to make or find (one's way) by using alibis.
Category: Informal, Usage Note
* Usage: The earliest English uses of alibi are in legal contexts, both as an adverb (directly from Latin) meaning “in or at another place” and as a noun meaning “a plea of having been elsewhere.” The extended noun senses “excuse” and “person used as an excuse” developed in the 20th century in the U.S. and occur in all but the most formal writing. As a verb alibi occurs mainly in informal use.
Origin of alibi:
1720–30; < L: in or at another place
(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
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
proof you were not at a crime
She has the perfect alibi for the night of the murder.
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
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.
Translations for alibi
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the fact or a statement that a person accused of a crime was somewhere else when it was committed
Has he an alibi for the night of the murder?
- إثْبَات الغَيْبَه(وَقْت الجَرِيمَه)، عُذْرArabic
- álibiPortuguese (BR)
- das AlibiGerman
- مدرک برای اثبات عدم حضور در محل جرمFarsi
- 현장 부재(증명)Korean
- مدرک برای اثبات عدم حضور در محل جرمPersian
- د جرم په محل د نه شتون د ثابتولو لپاره مدرکPashto
- savunma kanıtıTurkish
- 不在場證明Chinese (Trad.)
- عذر عدم موجودگی از موقع وارداتUrdu
- chứng cớ ngoại phạmVietnamese
- 不在犯罪现场的事实或辩解，托辞Chinese (Simp.)
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