[n] a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
[n] 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"
[v] excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"
[v] 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 amy explain her reluctance to date again"
[v] grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class"
[v] ask for permission to be released from an engagement
[v] defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
[v] accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands"
alibi, apologise, apologize, apology, beg off, condone, exculpation, exempt, explain, let off, pardon, rationalise, rationalize, relieve, self-justification