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(Ex*cus"a*ble) a. [L. excusabilis: cf. F. excusable. See Excuse.] That may be excused,
forgiven, justified, or acquitted of blame; pardonable; as, the man is excusable; an excusable action.
Ex*cus"a*ble*ness, n. Ex*cus"a*bly, adv.
The excusableness of my dissatisfaction.Boyle.
(Ex`cu*sa"tion) n. [L. excusatio: cf. F. excusation.] Excuse; apology. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Ex`cu*sa"tor) n. [L.] One who makes, or is authorized to make, an excuse; an apologist.
(Ex*cus"a*to*ry) a. Making or containing excuse or apology; apologetical; as, an excusatory
(Ex*cuse") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excused ; p. pr. & vb. n. Excusing.] [OE. escusen, cusen,
OF. escuser, excuser, F. excuser, fr. L. excusare; ex out + causa cause, causari to plead. See
1. To free from accusation, or the imputation of fault or blame; to clear from guilt; to release from a charge; to
justify by extenuating a fault; to exculpate; to absolve; to acquit.
A man's persuasion that a thing is duty, will not excuse him from guilt in practicing it, if really and indeed
it be against Gog's law.Abp. Sharp.
2. To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we
excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it.
I must excuse what can not be amended.Shak.
3. To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon.
And in our own (excuse some courtly stains.)Pope.
No whiter page than Addison remains.
4. To free from an impending obligation or duty; hence, to disengage; to dispense with; to release by favor; also,
to remit by favor; not to exact; as, to excuse a forfeiture.
I pray thee have me excused.xiv. 19.
5. To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask
pardon or indulgence for.
Think ye that we excuse ourselves to you?2 Cor. xii. 19.
Syn. To vindicate; exculpate; absolve; acquit. - To Pardon, Excuse, Forgive. A superior pardons as
an act of mercy or generosity; either a superior or an equal excuses. A crime, great fault, or a grave
offence, as one against law or morals, may be pardoned; a small fault, such as a failure in social or
conventional obligations, slight omissions or neglects may be excused. Forgive relates to offenses
against one's self, and punishment foregone; as, to forgive injuries or one who has injured us; to pardon
grave offenses, crimes, and criminals; to excuse an act of forgetfulness, an unintentional offense. Pardon
is also a word of courtesy employed in the sense of excuse.
(Ex*cuse") n. [Cf. F. excuse. See Excuse, v. t.]
1. The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation.
Pleading so wisely in excuse of it.Shak.