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Another word for excuse

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Verb
  1. To grant forgiveness to or for

      1. To transmit (money) in payment.
      2. To refrain from exacting (a tax or penalty, for example); cancel.
      3. To pardon; forgive:
      1. To release (a person) from punishment or disfavor for wrongdoing or a fault:
      2. To allow (an offense or fault) to pass without punishment or disfavor.
      3. To make courteous allowance for; excuse:
      1. To give up resentment against or stop wanting to punish (someone) for an offense or fault; pardon.
      2. To relent in being angry or in wishing to exact punishment for (an offense or fault).
      3. To absolve from payment of (a debt, for example).
      1. To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure.
  2. To show to be just, right, or valid

      1. To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof:
      2. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example).
      3. To demonstrate or prove the value or validity of; justify:
      1. To explain rationally:
      2. To explain or justify (one's behavior) with incorrect reasons or excuses, often without conscious awareness:
      3. To dismiss or minimize the significance of (something) by means of an explanation or excuse:
      1. To demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid:
      2. To free (a human) of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin. Used of God.
      3. To demonstrate sufficient legal reason for (an action taken).
    See also:

    right

  3. To free from an obligation or duty

      1. To refrain from harming, injuring, destroying, or killing:
      2. To leave undamaged or unharmed:
      3. To refrain from denouncing or distressing; treat leniently or with consideration:
      1. To cause a lessening or alleviation of:
      2. To make less tedious, monotonous, or unpleasant:
      3. To free from pain, anxiety, or distress:
      1. An escape from punishment.
      2. (engineering) A device for letting off, releasing, or giving forth, as the warp from the cylinder of a loom.
      3. To cause to explode.
      1. To free from an obligation, duty, or liability to which others are subject:
      2. To set apart; isolate.
      3. Freed from an obligation, duty, or liability to which others are subject; excused:
      1. To give or deal out, especially in parts or portions:
      2. To prepare and give out (medicines).
      3. To administer (laws, for example).
      1. To release, as from confinement, care, or duty:
      2. To let go; empty out:
      3. To pour forth; emit:
      1. To pronounce clear of guilt or blame.
      2. To relieve of a requirement or obligation.
      3. To grant a remission of sin to.
    See also:

    free

Noun
  1. An explanation offered to justify an action or make it better understood

    See also:

    explain

  2. A statement of acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon

    See also:

    regret

  3. The act or an instance of forgiving

    See also:

    forgiveness

Another word for excuse

Noun
  1. An explanation

      1. The act of defending against attack, danger, or injury.
      2. A means or method of defending or protecting.
      3. The act or an instance of defending a championship against a challenger:
      1. The basis or motive for an action, decision, or conviction:
      2. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
      3. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred:
      1. An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense:
      2. A formal justification or defense.
      3. An explanation or excuse:
  2. A pretended reason

    See also:

    pretense

Verb