One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(typically in legal contexts) the action or fact of excusing or being excused.‘he harbored views that would prevent or substantially impair the performance of his duties so as to support his excusal for cause’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I had a feeling you might not show up so I wrote you an excusal for first and second.’
Late 16th century: from excuse (verb) + -al (sense 2).
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