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noun [countable]     alibi pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    someone who has an alibi can prove that they were somewhere else when a crime was committed and so can claim to be not guilty
    provide an alibi:

    His wife, of course, provided him with an alibi.

    a cast-iron alibi:

    Smith had a cast-iron alibi since he was in prison at the time of the crime.

  2. 2
    an excuse for not having done something that you should have done


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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