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excuses

noun
plural of excuse

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(Entry 1 of 2)

an explanation that frees one from fault or blame
  • "a really important business call" is no excuse for not paying proper attention to one's driving

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excuses

verb
present tense third-person singular of excuse

Synonyms & Antonyms of excuses (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to dismiss as of little importance
  • more often than not, voters are willing to excuse a candidate's youthful indiscretion

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2 to be an acceptable reason for
  • having a female passenger in labor will generally excuse a little disregard for the speed limit

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3 to make (something) seem less bad by offering excuses
  • he's always excusing his chronic lying by claiming that everybody lies

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“Excuses.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/excuses. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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