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a reasonable/valid/legitimate excuse
What excuse did they give for the delay?
Joe was late, but as always he had an excuse.
He made some excuse about having a lot of work to do.
Birthdays are always a good excuse for a party.
Emily was glad of an excuse to change the subject.
We have a failing economy and a pathetic excuse for a President.
This is the British English definition of excuse. View American English definition of excuse.