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  • adv. In an excusable manner or to an excusable degree

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an excusable manner; so as to be pardoned; without blame.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an excusable manner or to an excusable degree

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Examples

  • Communities faced with daily homicides, rapes and extortions excusably opt for the myopic solution of the apathetic response as a type of survival mechanism.

    Tobias Roberts: Reverence For The Sacred Land: A Response To Endemic Violence In Central America

  • Understandably, albeit not excusably, ostentatious landholding was favored most by new Whigs whose wealth and power came from trade.

    Joanna Baillie’s Ecotopian Comedies

  • The reader, for his part, scarcely knows where to look, and wonders, very excusably, what species of organism it can possibly be, of which Britain, France, and Germany are members.

    Assessing Causality

  • It was, of course, deplorable that any one should treat the truth as an article temporarily and excusably out of stock, but they felt gratified that the vivid accounts they had given of Mr. Scarrick's traffic in falsehoods should receive confirmation at first hand.

    literature

  • “Innocence,” said the Lord Keeper, “is also confident, and sometimes, though very excusably, presumptuously so.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • The slickness continued throughout the week: the show ran on time, the message came across, and the climax, Barack Obama's speech at Invesco Field in front of a sort of early-Mussolini backdrop, was either just right or excusably a tad over-the top.

    Billy Kimball: The Conventions as Infomercials: I'm Sold!

  • Well or ill done, excusably or inexcusably, it was done.

    Great Expectations

  • All people knew (or thought they knew) that he had made himself immensely rich; and, for that reason alone, prostrated themselves before him, more degradedly and less excusably than the darkest savage creeps out of his hole in the ground to propitiate, in some log or reptile, the Deity of his benighted soul.

    Little Dorrit

  • LOVE and PITY excusably, nay laudably, make a good wife (who was an hourly witness of his pangs, when labouring under a paroxysm, and his paroxysms becoming more and more frequent, as well as more and more severe) give up her own will, her own likings, to oblige a husband, thus afflicted, whose love for her was unquestionable? —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The wretch might indeed have held out these false lights a little more excusably, had the house been an honest house; and had his end only been to prevent mischief from your brother.

    Clarissa Harlowe

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