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Noun: alibi  'a-lu,bI
  1. (law) a defence by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
     
  2. A defence of some offensive behaviour or some failure to keep a promise etc.
    "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job";
    - excuse, exculpation, self-justification
Verb: alibi  'a-lu,bI
  1. Exonerate by means of an alibi

Derived forms: alibis, alibied, alibiing

Type of: account, defence [Brit, Cdn], defense [US], excuse, explain, vindication

Encyclopedia: Alibi