- The definition of an alibi is an excuse used by a person when they’re trying to avoid getting into trouble, so they say they were somewhere they weren’t.
- An example of an alibi is when parents asks their teen where he has been, and the child says he was studying at the library when he was really hanging out with friends at the mall.
- When a person is charged with burglary but he says he was busy giving a seminar during the time of the break-in, it is an example of an alibi.
- The definition of alibi is the act of saying that someone was with you instead of where someone is accused of being, either as a defense for an accusation or as a way to avoid getting into trouble.
When a wife says her husband was at home when the murder occurred, it is an example of alibi.
alibi definition by Webster's New World
- Law the defensive plea or fact that an accused person was elsewhere than at the scene of the crime with which the person is charged
- Informal an excuse
Origin: Classical Latin contr. ; from alius ibi, elsewhere
alibi definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. al·i·bis
- Law a. A form of defense whereby a defendant attempts to prove that he or she was elsewhere when the crime in question was committed.b. The fact of having been elsewhere when a crime in question was committed.
- Usage Problem An explanation offered to avoid blame or justify action; an excuse.
Origin: Latin, elsewhere, from alius, other (on the model of ibi, there); see al-1 in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: When used as a noun, alibi in its nonlegal sense of “an excuse” is acceptable in written usage to almost half of the Usage Panel. As a verb (they never alibi), it is unacceptable in written usage to a large majority of the Panel.
alibi - Legal Definition
- In a criminal action, a defense that the defendant was somewhere other than the scene of the crime when the crime was committed.
- The fact or state of being somewhere other than the scene of the crime when the crime was committed.