verb (used with object), ex·cused, ex·cus·ing.
Origin of excuse
Synonyms for excuse
Related Words for excusabledefensible, explainable, fair, forgivable, justifiable, minor, moderate, okay, pardonable, passable, permissible, plausible, reasonable, slight, specious, temperate, tenable, trivial, understandable, venial
Examples from the Web for excusable
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 2, 2014
And what, exactly, would an excusable yearning be as opposed to an “inexcusable” one?Berlusconi Exits, and an Era of Sexist Buffoonery Is Over
November 17, 2011
Historical Examples of excusable
And in this he was excusable, since it was impossible for him to understand it without ceasing to be himself.The Secret Agent
Mame punctuates this monologue with a regular and excusable "My land!"The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Fighting's a bad thing in general, but you are excusable, my lad, you are excusable.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
When one has seen him, everything is excusable and everything is right.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
It was excusable for her to slack a little on Monday after drudging all through the week.L'Assommoir
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.