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Definition 1: (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question - [noun denoting communication]

(alibi is a kind of ...) the justification for some act or belief

"he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

(alibi belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 2: a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc. - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where alibi or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for alibi in the sense of this definition

(alibi is a kind of ...) the justification for some act or belief

"he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

(... is a kind of alibi ) a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances

Definition 3: exonerate by means of an alibi - [verb of communication]

(alibi is a kind of ...) 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 may explain her reluctance to date again"

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