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Excuse vs. Reason

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  • Excuse (verb)

    To forgive; to pardon.

    "I excused him his transgressions."

  • Excuse (verb)

    To allow to leave, or release from any obligation.

    "May I be excused from the table?"

    "I excused myself from the proceedings to think over what I'd heard."

  • Excuse (verb)

    To provide an excuse for; to explain, with the aim of alleviating guilt or negative judgement.

    "You know he shouldn't have done it, so don't try to excuse his behavior!"

  • Excuse (verb)

    To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for.

  • Excuse (noun)

    Explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgment; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault.

    "Tell me why you were late – and I don't want to hear any excuses!"

  • Excuse (noun)

    A defense to a criminal or civil charge wherein the accused party admits to doing acts for which legal consequences would normally be appropriate, but asserts that special circumstances relieve that party of culpability for having done those acts.

  • Excuse (noun)

    , poor or lame}} An example of something that is substandard or of inferior quality.

    "That thing is a poor excuse for a gingerbread man. Hasn't anyone taught you how to bake?"

    "He's a sorry excuse of a doctor."

  • Reason (noun)

    A cause:

  • Reason (noun)

    That which causes something: an efficient cause, a proximate cause.

    "The reason this tree fell is that it had rotted."

  • Reason (noun)

    A motive for an action or a determination.

    "The reason I robbed the bank was that I needed the money."

    "If you don't give me a reason to go with you, I won't."

  • Reason (noun)

    Rational faculties, collectively, of conception, judgment, deduction and intuition.

    "Mankind should develop reason above all other virtues."

  • Reason (noun)

    Something reasonable, in accordance with thought; justice.

  • Reason (noun)

    Ratio; proportion.

  • Reason (verb)

    To deduce or come to a conclusion by being rational

  • Reason (verb)

    To perform a process of deduction or of induction, in order to convince or to confute; to argue.

  • Reason (verb)

    To converse; to compare opinions.

  • Reason (verb)

    To arrange and present the reasons for or against; to examine or discuss by arguments; to debate or discuss.

    "I reasoned the matter with my friend."

  • Reason (verb)

    To support with reasons, as a request.

  • Reason (verb)

    To persuade by reasoning or argument.

    "to reason one into a belief; to reason one out of his plan"

  • Reason (verb)

    To adducing reasons.

    "to reason down a passion"

  • Reason (verb)

    To find by logical process; to explain or justify by reason or argument.

    "to reason out the causes of the librations of the moon'''"

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  • Excuse

    To free from accusation, or the imputation of fault or blame; to clear from guilt; to release from a charge; to justify by extenuating a fault; to exculpate; to absolve; to acquit.

  • Excuse

    To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it.

  • Excuse

    To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon.

  • Excuse

    To free from an impending obligation or duty; hence, to disengage; to dispense with; to release by favor; also, to remit by favor; not to exact; as, to excuse a forfeiture.

  • Excuse

    To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for.

  • Excuse (noun)

    The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation.

  • Excuse (noun)

    That which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology; as, an excuse for neglect of duty; excuses for delay of payment.

  • Excuse (noun)

    That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault.

  • Reason (noun)

    A thought or a consideration offered in support of a determination or an opinion; a just ground for a conclusion or an action; that which is offered or accepted as an explanation; the efficient cause of an occurrence or a phenomenon; a motive for an action or a determination; proof, more or less decisive, for an opinion or a conclusion; principle; efficient cause; final cause; ground of argument.

  • Reason (noun)

    The faculty or capacity of the human mind by which it is distinguished from the intelligence of the inferior animals; the higher as distinguished from the lower cognitive faculties, sense, imagination, and memory, and in contrast to the feelings and desires. Reason comprises conception, judgment, reasoning, and the intuitional faculty. Specifically, it is the intuitional faculty, or the faculty of first truths, as distinguished from the understanding, which is called the discursive or ratiocinative faculty.

  • Reason (noun)

    Due exercise of the reasoning faculty; accordance with, or that which is accordant with and ratified by, the mind rightly exercised; right intellectual judgment; clear and fair deductions from true principles; that which is dictated or supported by the common sense of mankind; right conduct; right; propriety; justice.

  • Reason (noun)

    Ratio; proportion.

  • Reason (verb)

    To exercise the rational faculty; to deduce inferences from premises; to perform the process of deduction or of induction; to ratiocinate; to reach conclusions by a systematic comparison of facts.

  • Reason (verb)

    Hence: To carry on a process of deduction or of induction, in order to convince or to confute; to formulate and set forth propositions and the inferences from them; to argue.

  • Reason (verb)

    To converse; to compare opinions.

  • Reason

    To arrange and present the reasons for or against; to examine or discuss by arguments; to debate or discuss; as, I reasoned the matter with my friend.

  • Reason

    To support with reasons, as a request.

  • Reason

    To persuade by reasoning or argument; as, to reason one into a belief; to reason one out of his plan.

  • Reason

    To overcome or conquer by adducing reasons; - with down; as, to reason down a passion.

  • Reason

    To find by logical processes; to explain or justify by reason or argument; - usually with out; as, to reason out the causes of the librations of the moon.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Excuse (noun)

    a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.;

    "he kept finding excuses to stay"

    "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"

    "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"

  • Excuse (noun)

    a note explaining an absence;

    "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"

  • Excuse (noun)

    a poor example;

    "it was an apology for a meal"

    "a poor excuse for an automobile"

  • Excuse (verb)

    accept an excuse for;

    "Please excuse my dirty hands"

  • Excuse (verb)

    grant exemption or release to;

    "Please excuse me from this class"

  • Excuse (verb)

    serve as a reason or cause or justification of;

    "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"

    "Her recent divorce amy explain her reluctance to date again"

  • Excuse (verb)

    defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning;

    "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"

    "he rationalized his lack of success"

  • Excuse (verb)

    ask for permission to be released from an engagement

  • Excuse (verb)

    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with;

    "excuse someone's behavior"

    "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"

  • Reason (noun)

    a rational motive for a belief or action;

    "the reason that war was declared"

    "the grounds for their declaration"

  • Reason (noun)

    an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon;

    "the reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly"

  • Reason (noun)

    the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination;

    "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"

  • Reason (noun)

    the state of having good sense and sound judgment;

    "his rationality may have been impaired"

    "he had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions"

  • Reason (noun)

    a justification for something existing or happening;

    "he had no cause to complain"

    "they had good reason to rejoice"

  • Reason (noun)

    a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion;

    "there is reason to believe he is lying"

  • Reason (verb)

    decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion;

    "We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house"

  • Reason (verb)

    present reasons and arguments

  • Reason (verb)

    think logically;

    "The children must learn to reason"

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