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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·cuse v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excused p. pr. & vb. n. Excusing.]
 1. 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.
    A man's persuasion that a thing is duty, will not excuse him from guilt in practicing it, if really and indeed it be against Gog's law.   --Abp. Sharp.
 2. 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.
    I must excuse what can not be amended.   --Shak.
 3. To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon.
 And in our own (excuse some courtly stains.)
 No whiter page than Addison remains.   --Pope.
 4. 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.
    I pray thee have me excused.   --xiv. 19.
 5. To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for.
    Think ye that we excuse ourselves to you?   --2 Cor. xii. 19.
 Syn: -- To vindicate; exculpate; absolve; acquit.
 Usage: - To Pardon, Excuse, Forgive. A superior pardons as an act of mercy or generosity; either a superior or an equal excuses. A crime, great fault, or a grave offence, as one against law or morals, may be pardoned; a small fault, such as a failure in social or conventional obligations, slight omissions or neglects may be excused. Forgive relates to offenses against one's self, and punishment foregone; as, to forgive injuries or one who has injured us; to pardon grave offenses, crimes, and criminals; to excuse an act of forgetfulness, an unintentional offense. Pardon is also a word of courtesy employed in the sense of excuse.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 excused
      adj : granted exemption; "one of the excused jurors planned to
            write a book"