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English noun: alibi

1. alibi (communication) (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question


Broader (hypernym)defence, defense, vindication


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. alibi (communication) a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.


SamplesHe kept finding excuses to stay.
Every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job.
His transparent self-justification was unacceptable.


Synonymsexculpation, excuse, self-justification


Broader (hypernym)defence, defense, vindication


Narrower (hyponym)extenuation, mitigation


English verb: alibi

1. alibi (communication) exonerate by means of an alibi


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)excuse, explain









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