To provide an excuse for; to explain, with the aim of alleviating guilt or negative judgement. (verb)
An explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgment. (noun)
A defense to a criminal or civil 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 culpability for having done those acts. (noun)
An example. (noun)
Examples of word excuse
Bozo, I ask republicans all the time why Bush and the republicans never over turned roe v. wade and their excuse is always â€œwell it should be a State by State decisionâ€
â€œI find it insulting and his excuse is awfully lame,â€ she said.
What sort of excuse is that for discrimination on grounds of martial status?
On the other hand, something that does need an excuse is calling someone an idiot for making a mistake.
And something else that needs an excuse is chiming in to offer a pat on the back to the person who just called someone an idiot for making a mistake.