American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law A form of defense whereby a defendant attempts to prove that he or she was elsewhere when the crime in question was committed.
- n. Law The fact of having been elsewhere when a crime in question was committed.
- n. Usage Problem An explanation offered to avoid blame or justify action; an excuse.
- v. To make an excuse for oneself.
- v. To make an excuse for (another).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law, elsewhere; at another place.
- n. In law, a plea of having been elsewhere at the time an offense is alleged to have been committed.
- n. The fact or state of having been elsewhere at the time specified: as, he attempted to prove an alibi.
- n. 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
- v. to provide an alibi for
- v. to provide an excuse for
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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
- v. exonerate by means of an alibi
- n. (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
- n. a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
- Latin alibi ("elsewhere, at another place"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, elsewhere, from alius, other (on the model of ibi, there); see al-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And you know, when we ` re talking about his story, that ` s one of the things that ` s really captured, I think, the attention of people around here is it ` s so absurd that somebody ` s-- if you want to use the term alibi, would be that they left their pregnant wife by the side of the road.”
“Maddening though this habit of searching for displaced selves might be in a traveling companion—the word "alibi" literally means "elsewhere"—it is a pleasure in an essayist.”
“What this is, is just what I call the alibi tour and to go out there and to plant reasonable doubt before the trial.”
“It would appear that an alibi is already being prepared for him.”
“In 1992, however, Larry Casey had replaced the Jockey Club dinner with "the phone call alibi," which he had not mentioned in the Frontline interview.”
“In 1992, however, Larry Casey had replaced the Jockey Club dinner with “the phone call alibi,” which he had not mentioned in the Frontline interview.”
“I am not sure what the alibi is for either of them.”
“The man's alibi is that he had actually attacked a goat with an axe and then it magically shape-shifted into his sibling's dead body.”
“He never mentioned the word alibi," said Hennessey.”
“The word alibi is the one that most nearly expresses the idea sought to be conveyed.”
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