verb (used with object), ex·cused, ex·cus·ing.
- excuse me,
Origin of excuse
Examples from the Web for excusable
Why are Palestinians granted a license of bloodlust as an excusable remedy for their suffering?There Is No Moral Equivalent to the Murder of Three Israeli Teenagers|Thane Rosenbaum|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And what, exactly, would an excusable yearning be as opposed to an “inexcusable” one?Berlusconi Exits, and an Era of Sexist Buffoonery Is Over|Lawrence Osborne|November 17, 2011|DAILY BEAST
It was excusable, for the candle threw weird shadows around, which flitted about like phantoms playing at hide-and-seek.The Argosy|Various
There seems to be no letting down, where letting down would be so natural and excusable.To Cuba and Back|Richard Henry Dana
No stirring up of dust and ashes is excusable, and none but brutish minds delight in mud-pies mixed with blood.Oscar Wilde|Arthur Ransome
There were now clearly so many of these for my poor colleague that she was excusable for being vague.The Turn of the Screw|Henry James
This was the result of carelessness on the part of one of the men, which, under the circumstances, was excusable.
verb (ɪkˈskjuːz) (tr)
Word Origin for excuse
late 14c., from Old French escusable, from Latin excusabilis, from excusare (see excuse (v.)). Related: Excusably.
early 13c., "attempt to clear (someone) from blame," from Old French escuser (12c., Modern French excuser) "apologize, make excuses; pardon, exonerate," from Latin excusare "excuse, make an excuse for, release from a charge," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + causa "accusation, legal action" (see cause).
Meaning "to obtain exemption or release" is from mid-15c.; that of "to accept another's plea of excuse" is from early 14c. Excuse me as a mild apology or statement of polite disagreement is from c.1600.
late 14c., "action of offering an apology," from Old French excuse, from excuser (see excuse (v.)). The sense of "that serves as a reason for being excused" is recorded from late 15c.