Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Deserving to be excused; pardonable: as, the man is excusable.
  • Admitting of excuse or palliation: as, an excusable delay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective That may be excused, forgiven, justified, or acquitted of blame; pardonable.

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  • adjective possible to excuse

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

  • adjective easily excused or forgiven
  • adjective capable of being overlooked

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Examples

  • This was not a death that should be classified as excusable homicide.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Wrestling Death: Judge Sentences Lionel Tate, 14, to Life in Prison - March 9, 2001

  • July 26th, 2005 at 2:52 pm could consider abortion to be some kind of excusable homicide

    Abortion pre-Roe

  • What struck me most was the way women working for Jane could be emotionally and philosophically disturbed by the human appearance of the fetuses they removed, could consider abortion to be some kind of excusable homicide, and could still be so committed to letting women make the choice themselves that they were willing to break the law to make it possible.

    Abortion pre-Roe

  • What struck me most was the way women working for Jane could be emotionally and philosophically disturbed by the human appearance of the fetuses they removed, could consider abortion to be some kind of excusable homicide, and could still be so committed to letting women make the choice themselves that they were willing to break the law to make it possible.

    Alas, a blog » 2005 » July

  • The Bisho High ourt was on Thursday told it was "excusable" for two Azanian People's Liberation Army (Apla) members to gun down three Baha'i worshippers from Iran because they were acting on military orders.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • David probably supposed, like many other persons, that a lie is quite excusable which is told for the sole purpose of saving the speaker's life.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • And yet, don't you know, it was kind of excusable; because it was as scarce as diamonds, and we had only just that little; never had another taste during the siege.

    Life on the Mississippi, Part 7.

  • And yet, don't you know, it was kind of excusable; because it was as scarce as diamonds, and we had only just that little; never had another taste during the siege.

    Life on the Mississippi

  • And yet, don't you know, it was kind of excusable; because it was as scarce as diamonds, and we had only just that little; never had another taste during the siege.

    Life on the Mississippi

  • Excuse my (treasured) ignorance, but why might it be 'excusable' for journals to be evasive about turnaround time?

    Airminded

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