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Definitions for alibi
ˈæl əˌbaɪal·i·bi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alibinoun

    (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question

  2. excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justificationverb

    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"

  3. alibiverb

    exonerate by means of an alibi


  1. alibinoun

    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

  2. alibiverb

    to provide an alibi for

  3. alibiverb

    to provide an excuse for


  1. Alibi

    An alibi (from the Latin, alibī, meaning "somewhere else") is a statement by a person, who is a possible perpetrator of a crime, of where they were at the time a particular offence was committed, which is somewhere other than where the crime took place. During a police investigation, all possible suspects are usually asked to provide details of their whereabouts during the relevant time period, which where possible would usually be confirmed by other persons or in other ways (such as by checking phone records, or credit card receipts, use of CCTV, etc.). During a criminal trial, an alibi is a defence raised by the accused as proof that they could not have committed the crime because they were in some other place at the time the alleged offence was committed. The Criminal Law Deskbook of Criminal Procedure states: "Alibi is different from all of the other defences; it is based upon the premise that the defendant is truly innocent."


  1. alibi

    An alibi refers to evidence or an explanation that proves a person was not present or involved in a crime or other wrongful act committed at a specific time and place. It serves as a defense that disproves the accused individual's direct involvement or presence during the alleged incident.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alibinoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [L., elsewhere, at another place. See Alias.]


  1. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alibi

    al′i-bī, n. the plea that a person charged with a crime was elsewhere when it was committed. [L.—alius, other, ibi, there.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. alibi

    (Lat. “elsewhere”). An alibi is the best defense in law if a man is innocent; but if it turns out to be untrue, it is conclusive against those who resort to it.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Alibi

    Latin for “elsewhere.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alibi in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alibi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of alibi in a Sentence

  1. Kyriakos Mitsotakis:

    It is obvious that the climate crisis is affecting the whole planet, that is the explanation, but not an excuse, or an alibi. We may have done everything that was humanly possible, but in many cases this did not seem to be enough in the unequal battle with nature.

  2. Olivia Nuzzi:

    I’m part of a system that enables political leaders to have it both ways, to indulge in ugliness and irresponsibility and to distance themselves from their own actions. The press provides the alibi as it prosecutes the case.

  3. Fidel Bafilemba:

    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.

  4. Antoni Kapcia:

    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.

  5. Bret Walker:

    You have to destroy the alibi, otherwise there is a reasonable doubt.

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