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Alibi meaning in English

Meaning of Alibi in English

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1. alibi

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

2. alibi, exculpation, excuse, self-justification

a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

Example Sentences:
'he kept finding excuses to stay'
'every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job'
'his transparent self-justification was unacceptable'


3. alibi

exonerate by means of an alibi

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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noun plural -bis
1. law
a defence by an accused person that he or she was elsewhere at the time the crime in question was committed
the evidence given to prove this
2. informal
an excuse
3. (transitive)
to provide with an alibi

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nounWord forms: plural ˈaliˌbis
1.  Law
the defensive plea or fact that an accused person was elsewhere than at the scene of the crime with which the person is charged
2.  Informal
an excuse
verb intransitive, verb transitiveWord forms: ˈaliˌbied or ˈaliˌbiing US
3.  Informal
to offer an excuse (for)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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n. pl. al·i·bis
1. Law
a. A form of defense whereby a defendant attempts to prove that he or she was elsewhere when the crime in question was committed.
b. The fact of having been elsewhere when a crime in question was committed.
2. An explanation offered to avoid blame or justify action; an excuse.
v. al·i·bied, al·i·bi·ing, al·i·bis
To make an excuse for oneself.
To make an excuse for (another).

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