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Excuse
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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Excuse as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

21 March 2021
Last seen in: Evening Standard Quick Crossword

We found 26 answers for the crossword clue 'Excuse', the most recent of which was seen in the Evening Standard Quick Crossword.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Excuse a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Excuse as an answer itself some 104 times.

Excuse is a single word clue made up of 6 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'Evening Standard Quick Crossword' on Monday, 22 March 2021 with the answer being PLEA, we also found PLEA to be the most popular answer for this clue.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • A poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
  • 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"
  • Grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class"
  • A note explaining an absence; "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
  • Excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"
  • 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"
  • Ask for permission to be released from an engagement
  • Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
  • Accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands"

Crossword Answers

3 Letters

OUT
(baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball; "you only get 3 outs per inning"

4 Letters

PLEA
An answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed

5 Letters

ALIBI
(law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question

STORY
A piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"

6 Letters

BEGOFF
Ask for permission to be released from an engagement

EXEMPT
(of persons) freed from or not subject to an obligation or liability (as e.g. taxes) to which others or other things are subject; "a beauty somehow exempt from the aging process"; "exempt from jury duty"; "only the very poorest citizens should be exempt from income taxes"

LETOFF
Grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class"

PARDON
The act of excusing a mistake or offense

7 Letters

ABSOLVE
Let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"

APOLOGY
A poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"

CONDONE
Excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"

EVASION
The act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver

EXPLAIN
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"

FORGIVE
Absolve from payment; "I forgive you your debt"

JUSTIFY
Adjust the spaces between words; "justify the margins"

PRETEXT
An artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

RELIEVE
Relieve oneself of troubling information

9 Letters

APOLOGISE
Acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing; "I apologized for being late"; "He apologized for the many typoes"

APOLOGIZE
Acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing; "I apologized for being late"; "He apologized for the many typoes"

10 Letters

GOODREASON

11 Letters

EXCULPATION
The act of freeing from guilt or blame

RATIONALISE
Weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"

RATIONALIZE
Weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"

13 Letters

JUSTIFICATION
The act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning; "the justification of barbarous means by holy ends"- H.J.Muller

15 Letters

RATIONALIZATION
Systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale

17 Letters

SELFJUSTIFICATION

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