Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

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