alibi

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See also: Alibi and álibi

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin alibī (elsewhere, at another place, adverb).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæl.ə.baɪ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

alibi (plural alibis)

  1. (law) The plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove being in another place when the alleged act was committed
    to set up an alibi
    to prove an alibi
    • 1988, Criminal Law Deskbook, →ISBN:
      Alibi is different from all of the other defenses . . . it is based upon the premise that the defendant is truly innocent.
  2. An excuse, especially one used to avoid responsibility or blame.

Usage notes[edit]

  • A very good alibi might be described e.g. as perfect, watertight, airtight, solid or iron-clad.
  • Some argue this cannot be used in the non-legal sense of "an explanation or excuse to avoid blame or justify action."

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

alibi (third-person singular simple present alibis or alibies, present participle alibiing, simple past and past participle alibied)

  1. To provide an alibi for.
  2. To provide an excuse for.

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Anagrams[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin alibī.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈaː.liˌbi/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ali‧bi

Noun[edit]

alibi n or m (plural alibi's, diminutive alibietje n)

  1. alibi

Descendants[edit]

  • Indonesian: alibi

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin alibi.

Noun[edit]

alibi

  1. alibi

Declension[edit]

Inflection of alibi (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative alibi alibit
genitive alibin alibien
partitive alibia alibeja
illative alibiin alibeihin
singular plural
nominative alibi alibit
accusative nom. alibi alibit
gen. alibin
genitive alibin alibien
partitive alibia alibeja
inessive alibissa alibeissa
elative alibista alibeista
illative alibiin alibeihin
adessive alibilla alibeilla
ablative alibilta alibeilta
allative alibille alibeille
essive alibina alibeina
translative alibiksi alibeiksi
instructive alibein
abessive alibitta alibeitta
comitative alibeineen
Possessive forms of alibi (type risti)
possessor singular plural
1st person alibini alibimme
2nd person alibisi alibinne
3rd person alibinsa

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin alibi.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

alibi m (plural alibis)

  1. alibi

Indonesian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch alibi, from Latin alibī (elsewhere, at another place).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈali.bi]
  • Hyphenation: ali‧bi

Noun[edit]

alibi (first-person possessive alibiku, second-person possessive alibimu, third-person possessive alibinya)

  1. (law) alibi, the plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove being in another place when the alleged act was committed.
  2. (slang) excuse
    Synonym: alasan

Further reading[edit]


Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin alibi.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

alibi m (invariable)

  1. alibi

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From alius (other, another) + ibī.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

alibī (not comparable)

  1. elsewhere, somewhere else

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • alibi in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • alibi in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • alibi in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin alibi.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

alibi n

  1. alibi

Declension[edit]

Indeclinable.

Further reading[edit]

  • alibi in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French alibi

Noun[edit]

alibi n (plural alibiuri)

  1. alibi

Declension[edit]


Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

àlībi m (Cyrillic spelling а̀лӣби)

  1. alibi

Declension[edit]


Slovak[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin alibī.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

alibi n

  1. alibi

Declension[edit]

Indeclinable.

Further reading[edit]

  • alibi in Slovak dictionaries at slovnik.juls.savba.sk