One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or fact of excusing or being excused, typically from an official duty or requirement.‘if any members of the jury felt unable to serve that long, they would be considered for excusal’
- ‘I had a feeling you might not show up so I wrote you an excusal for first and second.’
- ‘Sorting through his papers to give his hands something to do and his mind something else to concentrate on, he found a note detailing his excusal from lecturing and training till further notice.’
- ‘Those motorists issued with a ticket unfairly, and unlawfully, are thus left with the onus upon them to write an appeal, to justify their excusal for a lawful activity.’
Late 16th century: from excuse (verb) + -al (sense 2).
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