Verb alibi Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

To provide an alibi for. To provide an excuse for.

More definition:

1.Law. the defense by an accused person of having been elsewhere at the time an alleged offense was committed. excuse, especially to avoid blame.

3.a person used as one's excuse, My sick grandmother was my alibi for missing school.

4.Informal. to give an excuse; offer a defense, to alibi for being late.

5.Informal. to provide an alibi for (someone), He alibied his friend out of a make or find (one's way) by using alibis, to alibi one's way out of work.

1. (law) a defence by an accused person that he was elsewhere at the time the crime in question was committed the evidence given to prove this

2. (informal) an excuse verb

3. (transitive) to provide with an alibi Word OriginC18, from Latin alibī elsewhere, from alius other + -bī as in ubī whereCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1743, "the plea of having been elsewhere when an action took place," from Latin alibi "elsewhere, somewhere else," locative of alius "(an)other" (see alias (adv.)). The weakened sense of "excuse" is attested since 1912, but technically any proof of innocence that doesn't involve being "elsewhere" is an excuse, not an alibi.


Remember, we don't have a reason to suspect this guy's alibi; at least not any reason from the planet earth.

It was a well-known fact that Mrs. O'Hara would never surrender her kitchen to a maid, so the alibi passed as genuine.

If an arrest were made, Wild had a plentiful supply of false evidence at hand to establish his agents' alibi, and he did not hesitate to obtain the conviction, by similar means, of such thieves as refused to recognize his authority.

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