ex·cuse 1 /ik-'skyüz/ vb ex·cused, ex·cus·ing
1: to grant exemption or release to
excused the prospective juror
excused the witness after an hour of testimony
vi: to serve as an excuse or justification
exigent circumstances may excuse — J. J. White and R. S. Summers
ex·cuse 2 /ik-'skyüs/ n
2 a: a circumstance that allows for release under the law from an obligation, duty, or contractual liability compare act of god, force majeure, fortuitous event, impossibility of performance
b: a circumstance (as a physical threat) that grants immunity for otherwise tortious or criminal conduct compare justification, privilege

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun alibi, allowance, defense, dispensation, exculpation, excusatio, exemption, exoneration, explanation for some delinquency, extenuation, justification, mitigation, ostensible reason, pretense, pretext, rationalization, reason, subterfuge associated concepts: excusable assault, excusable homicide, excusable neglect, legal excuse foreign phrases:
- Impotentia excusat legem. — The impossibility of performing a legal duty is an excuse from the performance
- A l'impossible nul nest tenu. — No one is bound to do what is impossible.
II verb absolve, acquit, allow for, bear with, clear, condone, discharge, exculpate, excusare. exempt, exonerate, expurgare, extenuate, forgive, free, give absolution to, give dispensation, grant amnesty to, judge with indulgence, justify, let off, liberate, make allowances for, overlook, pardon, pass over, pronounce innocent of wrong, provide with an alibi, regard indulgently, release, release from obligation, relieve, remit, reprieve, shrive, vindicate associated concepts: affirmative defense, alibi, defense, just cause, justification, lawful excuse, legitimate excuse, reasonable excuse foreign phrases:
- Impotentia excusat legem. — The impossibility of performing a legal duty is an excuse from the performance
- Injuria non excusat injuriam. — One wrong does not excuse another
- Ignorantia excusator, non juris sed facti. — Ignorance of fact may excuse, but not ignorance of law
- Ignorantia eorum quae quls scire tenetur non excusat. — Ignorance of those things which a person is deemed to know is no excuse.
- Vani timoris justa excusatio non est. — A frivolous fear is not a lawful excuse
- Ignorantia juris non excusat. — Ignorance of the law is no excuse
- Regula est, juris quldem Ignorantiam culque nocere, facti vero Ignorantiam non nocere. — The rule is that a person's ignorance of the law may prejudice him, but that his ignorance of fact will not
III index absolve, acquit, alibi, clear, clemency, compurgation, condone, cover (pretext), discharge (release from obligation), discharge (liberate), discharge (release from obligation), dispensation (exception), exclude, exculpate, exonerate, exoneration, extenuate, forgive, free, grace, justification, justify, loophole, overlook (excuse), pardon, pretense (pretext), pretext, purge (wipe out by atonement), rationalize, reason (basis), release (noun), release (verb), remit (release from penalty), stratagem, subterfuge, vindicate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To forgive; to release from responsibility.
A reason given to justify an action.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

n. A defense or justification of an individual's act or failure to act; a defense in criminal law that an individual's actions cannot constitute a crime because of coercion, or some other cause that places the actions beyond the individual's volition or control.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The explanation for the performance or nonperformance of a particular act; a reason alleged in court as a basis for exemption or relief from guilt.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The explanation for the performance or nonperformance of a particular act; a reason alleged in court as a basis for exemption or relief from guilt.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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