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Tending or serving to excuse.
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(ɪkˈskjuːzətərɪ; -trɪ)
tending to or intended to excuse; apologetic
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(ɪkˈskyu zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

serving or intended to excuse.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.excusatory - offering or expressing apologyexcusatory - offering or expressing apology; "an apologetic note"; "an apologetic manner"
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References in classic literature ?
Offering these excusatory words as if they reflected great credit on himself, Mr Wegg impelled himself with his hands towards a chair in a corner of the room, and there, after a variety of awkward gambols, attained a perpendicular position.
Table 2 Low Father Involvement Tone Codes and Descriptions Tone Brief Description 1) Naturalizing Tone Tones that naturalized LFI as the status quo * Neutral explanation was matter-of-fact with no implied judgment * Justifying explanation was understanding or excusatory 2) Problematizing Tone Tones that problematized LFI as in need of a solution * Critical explanation was judgmental or disapproving in nature * Regretful explanation was remorseful, often retrospective 3) Other Tone Tones that neither problematized nor naturalized LFI explanations were prescriptive, dejected, indeterminable
For a judicial recognition of the doctrinal conflict over whether this and other excusatory doctrines extend to the Code's provision, see Brody v.
The movement towards local, organic animal products is excusatory and superficial--in terms of animals, it alleviates nothing but the meat-eater's conscience.
Only time will tell if his excusatory protestations as to the demands of his "body" prove in reality to be those of his "bank account".
(6) Although the doctrine of provocation is acknowledged to exhibit the appearance of both justificatory and excusatory characteristics, (7) most scholars treat this as the puzzle to be resolved, not the key to understanding the doctrine's rationale.
The compelling information in this political dialogue and the information that, in Professors Choi and Gulati's words, has the "ease of transmission and understandability," (44) is the ranking number and not the long excusatory explanation that follows.
When I first spied Jed Diamond's book, I thought it would be a tongue- in-cheek guide written to slice through this kind of excusatory cod-psychiatry.
Secondly, there is no consensus as to which classification applies to which defense--for example, many see duress as excusatory but some as justificatory.
(166) There could be cases in which the defendant copied the whole of the plaintiff's valid work with no excusatory defenses or fair use.