What does Excuse mean?

Definitions for Excuse
ɪkˈskyuz; -ˈskyusExcuse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justificationnoun

    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. excusenoun

    a note explaining an absence

    "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"

  3. apology, excuseverb

    a poor example

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

  4. excuse, pardonverb

    accept an excuse for

    "Please excuse my dirty hands"

  5. excuse, relieve, let off, exemptverb

    grant exemption or release to

    "Please excuse me from this class"

  6. excuse, explainverb

    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"

  7. apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationaliseverb

    defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

    "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"

  8. excuse, beg offverb

    ask for permission to be released from an engagement

  9. excuse, condoneverb

    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

    "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"

Wiktionary

  1. excusenoun

    An explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgment.

    Tell me why you were late uE000123945uE001 and I don't want to hear any excuses!

    Etymology: From excusen, from escuser, from excuso, from ex + causa; see cause and accuse.

  2. excuseverb

    To forgive; to pardon.

    I excused him his transgressions.

    Etymology: From excusen, from escuser, from excuso, from ex + causa; see cause and accuse.

  3. excuseverb

    To allow to leave.

    Etymology: From excusen, from escuser, from excuso, from ex + causa; see cause and accuse.

  4. excuseverb

    To provide an excuse for; to explain, with the aim of alleviating guilt or negative judgement.

    You know he shouldn't have done it, so don't try to excuse his behavior!

    Etymology: From excusen, from escuser, from excuso, from ex + causa; see cause and accuse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Excuseverb

    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

  2. Excuseverb

    to pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it

  3. Excuseverb

    to regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon

  4. Excuseverb

    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; as, to excuse a forfeiture

  5. Excuseverb

    to relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for

  6. Excuseverb

    the act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation

  7. Excuseverb

    that which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology; as, an excuse for neglect of duty; excuses for delay of payment

  8. Excuseverb

    that which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault

Freebase

  1. Excuse

    In jurisprudence, an excuse or justification is a defense to criminal charges that is distinct from an exculpation. Exculpation is related concept which reduces or extinguishes a person's culpability and therefore a person's liability to pay compensation to the victim of a tort in the civil law. The "excuse" provides a mitigating factor for a group of persons sharing a common characteristic. Justification, as in justifiable homicide, vindicates or shows the justice. Thus, society approves of the purpose or motives underpinning some actions or the consequences flowing from them, and distinguishes those where the behavior cannot be approved but some excuse may be found in the characteristics of the defendant, e.g. that the accused was a serving police officer or suffering from a mental illness. Thus, a justification describes the quality of the act, whereas an excuse relates to the status or capacity in the accused. These factors can affect the resulting judgment which may be an acquittal, or in the case of a conviction may mitigate sentencing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Excuse

    eks-kūz′, v.t. to free from blame or guilt: to forgive: to free from an obligation: to release, dispense with: to make an apology or ask pardon for.—n. (eks-kūs′) a plea offered in extenuation of a fault: indulgence.—adj. Excus′able, admitting of justification.—n. Excus′ableness.—adv. Excus′ably.—adj. Excus′atory, making or containing excuse: apologetic.—Excuse me, an expression used as an apology for any slight impropriety, or for controverting a statement that has been made. [L. excusāreex, from, causa, a cause, accusation.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Excuse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1312

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Excuse' in Nouns Frequency: #1660

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Excuse' in Verbs Frequency: #795

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Excuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Excuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Excuse in a Sentence

  1. Serena Williams:

    I'm not even thinking about anything, about not being here, i'm way too old to play like this at this stage of my career. It's such a big tournament. It's no excuse, to be honest.

  2. Ben Cardin:

    The president was wrong to give China an excuse to come down against the protesters.

  3. Omar Jadwat:

    The Trump administration has rolled out one border ban after another — most recently on children and asylum seekers — using COVID-19 as an excuse, while failing abysmally to get the virus under control in the United States, the rumored order would be another grave error in a year that has already seen far too many.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

  5. Ba Odah lawyer:

    Invoking privacy concerns is a shameless, transparent excuse to mask [Pentagon] intransigence, mr. Ba Odah has provided his full, informed consent to the release of his medical records.

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Translations for Excuse

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  • غفر, اعتذر, عذرArabic
  • оправдавам, прощавам, извинение, оправданиеBulgarian
  • omluvit, omluva, výmluva, záminkaCzech
  • Ausrede, entschuldigen, verzeihen, sich entschuldigenGerman
  • senkulpigoEsperanto
  • excusar, excusa, perdonarSpanish
  • veruke, tekosyyFinnish
  • excuse, justifier, excuser, prétexte, pardonnerFrench
  • leithscéalIrish
  • leisgeul, mathScottish Gaelic
  • תירוץ, אמתלהHebrew
  • mentségHungarian
  • exkuzoIdo
  • scusarsi, giustificarsi, scusa, pretesto, perdonare, scusareItalian
  • 言い訳をする, 言い訳, 口実, 弁解, 許すJapanese
  • excuso, īgnōscō, utior, mihi īgnōscōLatin
  • takunga, takutakungaMāori
  • ക്ഷമിയ്ക്കുക, ഒഴിവുകഴിവ്, ക്ഷമാപണംMalayalam
  • goedpraten, verontschuldigen, excuus, uitvlucht, excuseren, vergevenDutch
  • unnskyldning, tilgiNorwegian
  • wybaczyć, usprawiedliwićPolish
  • perdoar, desculpar, desculpa, desculpar-sePortuguese
  • scuzaRomanian
  • извинить, оправдание, прощать, извиняться, отговорка, оправдать, извинение, извинять, простить, оправдыватьRussian
  • ursäkta, urskuldra, ursäktSwedish
  • patawarin, hayaan, magpatawad, dahilanTagalog
  • bahaneTurkish
  • вибачтеUkrainian

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