Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    To relieve from liability; to pardon as distinguished from to justify.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A reason alleged for doing or not doing a thing. Worcester. A matter alleged as a reason for relief or exemption from some duty or obligation.