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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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a person who excuses
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.excuser - a person who pardons or forgives or excuses a fault or offense
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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Comme souligne dans le rapport du chef de l'Etat, le Sommet de l'UA a mis en exergue "la necessite de s'attaquer a toutes les conditions propices a la propagation du terrorisme et de l'extremisme violent, soulignant toutefois qu'aucune de ces conditions ne peut excuser ou justifier les actes de terrorisme".
Al-Hazimi introduced a controversial doctrine known as takfir al-'adhir, meaning "excommunication of the excuser." Derived from a strict reading of "the third nullifier," it stipulates that anyone who "excuses" the unbelief of an unbeliever has committed unbelief oneself and is therefore subject to takfir.
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However, the Great Excuser is paving the way for transfer failure just in case by bulling up a couple of kids meant for tomorrow not today.
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