Simple Definition of alibi
: a claim that you cannot be guilty of a crime because you were somewhere else when the crime was committed; also : evidence which shows that such a claim is true
: an excuse for not being somewhere or doing something
Full Definition of alibi
1 : the plea of having been at the time of the commission of an act elsewhere than at the place of commission; also : the fact or state of having been elsewhere at the time
2 : an excuse usually intended to avert blame or punishment (as for failure or negligence)
Examples of alibi in a sentence
Nobody could confirm his alibi that he was at the movies.
Her doctor is her alibi: she was in surgery at the time of the murder.
She made up an alibi for why she missed the meeting.
Origin of alibi
Latin, elsewhere, from alius
First Known Use: 1743
Synonym Discussion of alibi
Rhymes with alibi
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Definition of alibi
: to exonerate by an alibi : furnish an excuse for
: to offer an excuse
First Known Use of alibi
ALIBI Defined for Kids
Definition of alibi for Students
1 : the explanation given by a person accused of a crime that he or she was somewhere else when the crime was committed
2 : an excuse intended to avoid blame <She made up an alibi for why she was late.>
Legal Definition of alibi
: a defense of having been somewhere other than at the scene of a crime at the time the crime was committed; also : the fact or state of having been elsewhere at the time a crime was committed
Additional Notes on alibi
Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 12.1 requires the defendant to provide notice upon written demand of an intention to offer a defense of alibi. The prosecution must provide to the defendant the names of witnesses that will be used to rebut it.
Origin of alibi
Latin, elsewhere, from alius other
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