from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- intransitive v. To make an excuse for oneself.
- transitive v. To make an excuse for (another).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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, 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)
Latin alibi ("elsewhere, at another place"). (Wiktionary)