Alibi Definition

ălə-bī
alibied, alibiing, alibis
noun
alibis
A form of defense whereby a defendant attempts to prove that he or she was elsewhere when the crime in question was committed.
American Heritage
The defensive plea or fact that an accused person was elsewhere than at the scene of the crime with which the person is charged.
Webster's New World
An excuse.
Webster's New World
An explanation offered to avoid blame or justify action; an excuse.
American Heritage
In a criminal action, a defense that the defendant was somewhere other than the scene of the crime when the crime was committed.
Webster's New World Law
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verb
alibied, alibiing, alibis
To offer an excuse (for)
Webster's New World
To make an excuse for (another).
American Heritage
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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Other Word Forms of Alibi

Noun

Singular:
alibi
Plural:
alibis

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

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