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Reasons and excuses - thesaurus

Synonyms

reason

noun

a fact, situation, or intention that explains why something happened, why someone did something, or why something is true

excuse

noun

a reason that you give to explain why you have done something bad, or why you have not done something that you should have done

point

noun

the reason for something

cause

noun

a reason for behaving in a particular way or for feeling a particular emotion

occasion

noun

formal a reason for something

motive

noun

the reason that you do something

motivation

noun

a reason for doing something

pretext

noun

a reason that you pretend to have in order to hide your real reason or intention

ground

noun

a reason for what you say or do, or for being allowed to say or do something

in justification of something

giving reasons why something is true or right

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alibi

noun

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

a peg on which to hang something

something that gives you an opportunity or excuse for talking or writing about something

apology

noun

formal a statement in which you defend or explain something such as an idea

basis

noun

used for giving the reason why something is done

cop-out

noun

informal something you say or do to avoid doing what you should do

end

noun

formal the reason for a particular action or the result you want to achieve

excuse

noun

a reason for doing something that you want to do

get-out

adjective

informal allowing you to avoid an obligation or a difficult situation

have your reasons

to have a personal reason for doing something that you are not going to discuss with anyone

hidden agenda

noun

a secret reason for doing something, because you will get an advantage from it

justification

noun

a reason why something is correct and morally right

let-out

noun

Britishinformal a way of avoiding doing something that you had previously said you would do

mainspring

noun

formal the most important cause or reason why something happens

mitigating circumstances

facts that help to explain a crime or mistake and make it seem less bad

mitigation

noun

legal things that are said in a court of law to explain why someone committed a crime so that it seems less bad

motive

noun

used in a negative way for showing that someone’s real reasons for doing something are not the ones that they tell other people

open invitation

noun

something that seems to give people a reason or excuse for doing something wrong or illegal

out

noun

an excuse that is used in order to avoid having to do something or in order to avoid being blamed

reason

noun

a good or clear cause for doing something or thinking something

the reason behind something

the real explanation or cause of something, which is not immediately obvious

senses

noun

a good reason, or a useful purpose

story

noun

an excuse or a reason that is not true

ulterior motive

noun

if you have an ulterior motive for doing something, you do it partly because you think you will get some advantage from doing it

vested interests

noun

a special reason for wanting things to happen in a particular way, because you will benefit from this

warrant

noun

formal a reason for doing something

the whys and wherefores

the reasons and explanations

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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