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tr.v. ex·cused, ex·cus·ing, ex·cus·es
a. To make allowance for; overlook or forgive: Please excuse the interruption.
b. To grant pardon to; forgive: We quickly excused the latecomer.
a. To apologize for (oneself) for an act that could cause offense: She excused herself for being late.
b. To explain (a fault or offense) in the hope of being forgiven or understood; try to justify: He arrived late and excused his tardiness by blaming it on the traffic. See Synonyms at forgive.
3. To serve as justification for: Witty talk does not excuse bad manners.
4. To free, as from an obligation or duty; exempt: She was excused from jury duty because she knew the plaintiff.
5. To give permission to leave; release: The child ate quickly and asked to be excused.
n. (ĭk-skyo͞os′)
1. An explanation offered to justify or obtain forgiveness.
2. A reason or grounds for excusing: Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law.
3. The act of excusing.
4. A note explaining an absence.
5. Informal An inferior example: a poor excuse for a poet; a sorry excuse for a car.
Excuse me
1. Used to acknowledge and ask forgiveness for an action that could cause offense.
2. Used to request that a statement be repeated.

[Middle English excusen, ultimately (partly via Old French excuser) from Latin excūsāre : ex-, ex- + causa, lawsuit; see cause.]

ex·cus′a·ble adj.
ex·cus′a·ble·ness n.
ex·cus′a·bly adv.
ex·cus′er n.
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Adv.1.excusably - in an excusable manner or to an excusable degree; "he was excusably late"
inexcusably, unforgivably, unpardonably - in an unpardonable manner or to an unpardonable degree; "he was inexcusably cruel to his wife"
References in classic literature ?
Well or ill done, excusably or inexcusably, it was done.
A thousand pounds is a large sum of money; and a poor man may excusably be tempted by it to do nothing worse than to keep out of the way for a while.
A man somewhat over forty may be excusably thrown into considerable disorder by the prospect of losing his employment, especially if the man is a secret agent of political police, dwelling secure in the consciousness of his high value and in the esteem of high personages.
All people knew (or thought they knew) that he had made himself immensely rich; and, for that reason alone, prostrated themselves before him, more degradedly and less excusably than the darkest savage creeps out of his hole in the ground to propitiate, in some log or reptile, the Deity of his benighted soul.
For, after the Federal Government has been provided with enough funds (1) to discharge the functions exclusively vested in it, and (2) adequately to fulfil the obligation imposed upon it to come to the aid of any State which is unavoidably and excusably in need; and after all the States shall have received sufficient allocations to enable them, under the vigilant surveillance of the Federal Government, to finance the implementation of the declared national objectives in their respective territories, the residual allocation to each State would have to be on the basis of derivation.
She had few acquaintances; most people, besides, thought that the earnestness of my inquiries arose from motives which moved their laughter or their slight regard; and others, thinking I was in chase of a girl who had robbed me of some trifles, were naturally and excusably indisposed to give me any clue to her, if indeed they had any to give.
They do not merely derive from the version of the knavery principle that Waldron excusably elects to set aside.
Excusably, there was a swagger for much of this Chelsea performance that suggested they no longer thought if but when.
Ultimately, it is this radicalness of transcending the everyday, ordinary perspective that is not captured by the film, most excusably, as mentioned, due to the story's requirement to stay as much as possible in the realm of the mundane in an already wildly abstract film.
1) Kate Bush - Running up that Hill | I love the big, boisterous drums and excusably cheesy 1980s synth sounds.
We have to parse this a little: James excusably fails to make a distinction between spiritual direction and the Sacrament of Confession.
It shouldn't be surprising that only half a century later, most folks watching YouTube videos are still totally flummoxed by what they understandably and excusably can't comprehend.