EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXCUSED
I was afraid you might not be excused in time to keep your engagement with me to-morrow evening.
Carlotta Harrison pleaded a headache, and was excused from the operating-room and from prayers.
At first I felt sorry for you, and would have excused you, but now I can do so no longer.
"They're all in the same box, apparently," I excused my lack of faith.
He excused himself; he feared he was engaged to take down Legard.
They asked to be excused from traveling inland and climbing rocks.
I expressed my gratitude, and asked to be excused for my foolish weakness.
You would not accept them as right or necessary; you merely explained and excused them.
For the past, he excused himself because of the distance, and his not being a good walker!
I beg to be excused from telling that, sir; but I will tell you who it is I would not have.
early 13c., "attempt to clear (someone) from blame," from Old French escuser (12c., Modern French excuser) "apologize, make excuses; pardon, exonerate," from Latin excusare "excuse, make an excuse for, release from a charge," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + causa "accusation, legal action" (see cause).
Meaning "to obtain exemption or release" is from mid-15c.; that of "to accept another's plea of excuse" is from early 14c. Excuse me as a mild apology or statement of polite disagreement is from c.1600.