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Meaning of ALIBI

Pronunciation:  'alu`bI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
  2. [n]  a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; "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. [v]  exonerate by means of an alibi

ALIBI is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: exculpation, excuse, self-justification
 See Also: defence, defense, excuse, explain, extenuation, mitigation, vindication



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al"i*bi\, n. [L., elsewhere, at another place. See
{Alias}.] (Law)
The plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for
a crime proves or attempts to prove that he was in another
place when the alleged act was committed; as, to set up an
alibi; to prove an alibi.

Thesaurus Terms
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