Words related to excuse

word-forming element, in English meaning usually "out of, from," but also "upwards, completely, deprive of, without," and "former;" from Latin ex "out of, from within; from which time, since; according to; in regard to," from PIE *eghs "out" (source also of Gaulish ex-, Old Irish ess-, Old Church Slavonic izu, Russian iz). In some cases also from Greek cognate ex, ek. PIE *eghs had comparative form *eks-tero and superlative *eks-t(e)r-emo-. Often reduced to e- before -b-, -d-, -g-, consonantal -i-, -l-, -m-, -n-, -v- (as in elude, emerge, evaporate, etc.).
cause (n.)

c. 1200, "reason or motive for a decision, grounds for action; motive," from Old French cause "cause, reason; lawsuit, case in law" (12c.), and directly from Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit," which is of unknown origin.

From mid-14c. as "cause of an effect; source, origin." From late 14c. as "that which affords opportunity for a cause to operate, occasion;" also "reason for something taking place or for something being so; rational explanation." Also late 14c. as "proper or adequate reason, justification for an action." Sense of "matter of interest or concern; a side taken in controversy" is from c. 1300. Cause célèbre "celebrated legal case" is 1763, from French. Common cause "a shared object or aim" is by 1620s.

excusable (adj.)

"pardonable, deserving to be excused," late 14c., from Old French escusable, from Latin excusabilis, from excusare "to excuse, make an excuse for" (see excuse (v.)). Related: Excusably.

excusatory (adj.)

"making excuse; containing an excuse or apology, apologetical," mid-15c., from Old French excusatoire, from Medieval Latin excusatorius, from Latin excusare "excuse, make an excuse for" (see excuse (v.)).

inexcusable (adj.)
early 15c., from Latin inexcusabilis "without excuse; affording no excuse," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + excusabilis, from excusare "apologize, make an excuse for" (see excuse (v.)). Related: Inexcusably.
scuse (v.)

shortened form of excuse (v.), attested from late 15c., implied in scused (Caxton); also as a noun, "a manorial exemption from certain taxes." In modern formations (since c. 1830) typically 'scuse, in 'scuse me.

alibi (n.)

1743, "a plea of having been elsewhere when an action took place," from Latin alibi (adv.) "elsewhere, somewhere else," locative of alius "another, other, different," from PIE root *al- (1) "beyond." The weakened sense of "excuse" is attested since 1912, but technically any proof of innocence that doesn't involve being "elsewhere" is an excuse (n.) and not an alibi.