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excuse or clear of accusation acquit , exempt , exonerate , vindicate
defendant's excuse alibi
excuse or explanation to avoid blame alibi
tort based on willful and malicious interference with the marriage relation by a third party without justification or excuse alienation of affection
interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse cock-and-bull story , fairy story , fairytale , fairy tale , song and dance
excuse, to devise an concoct
excuse from regulation dispense , exempt
excuse that clears from blame exculpation
partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances extenuation , mitigation
excuse, in law mise
failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do nonfeasance
excuse offered pretext
excuse or reason for existing raison d'être
excuse or reason, to devise self-satisfying rationalize
excuse for action reason
excuse or saving clause salvo
invented excuse tale
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