Alibi meaning

ălə-bī
An excuse.
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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.

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An explanation offered to avoid blame or justify action; an excuse.
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The defensive plea or fact that an accused person was elsewhere than at the scene of the crime with which the person is charged.
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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.

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To make an excuse for (another).
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To offer an excuse (for)
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In a criminal action, a defense that the defendant was somewhere other than the scene of the crime when the crime was committed.
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The fact or state of being somewhere other than the scene of the crime when the crime was committed.
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(law) The plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove that he was in another place when the alleged act was committed; as, to set up an alibi; to prove an alibi.

The Criminal Law Deskbook (1988; ISBN 0820512176) states: "Alibi is different from all of the other defenses...it is based upon the premise that the defendant is truly innocent."

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To provide an excuse for.
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To make an excuse for oneself.
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To provide an alibi for.
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Origin of alibi

  • Latin elsewhere from alius other (on the model of ibi there) al-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin alibi (“elsewhere, at another place”).

    From Wiktionary