mitigating circumstances

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mitigating circumstances

pl n
(Law) circumstances that may be considered to lessen the culpability of an offender

mitigating circumstances

Factors that may be considered as lessening the extent to which an accused person is culpable.
Translations

mitigating circumstances

[ˈmɪtɪˌgeɪtɪŋˈsɜːkəmstənsɪz] nplcircostanze fpl attenuanti
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Miss Bennet was the only creature who could suppose there might be any extenuating circumstances in the case, unknown to the society of Hertfordshire; her mild and steady candour always pleaded for allowances, and urged the possibility of mistakes-- but by everybody else Mr.
And in the end the criminal was, in consideration of extenuating circumstances, condemned to penal servitude in the second class for a term of eight years only.
But I told her she must bear this cross; that while by law and custom she certainly was entitled to both the man's life and his property, there were extenuating circumstances, and so in Arthur the king's name I had pardoned him.
At once ferocious and maudlin, I was made to murder my uncle with no extenuating circumstances whatever; Millwood put me down in argument, on every occasion; it became sheer monomania in my master's daughter to care a button for me; and all I can say for my gasping and procrastinating conduct on the fatal morning, is, that it was worthy of the general feebleness of my character.
I think it was the worst thing I did; yet there were extenuating circumstances.
I merely say that there were extenuating circumstances.
I shall bring that forward as an extenuating circumstance," replied Eugenie.
An online petition expressed concern that the University of Birmingham did not specifically refer to sex attacks in its list of extenuating circumstances under which extra help would be offered to undergraduates.
There were, however, extenuating circumstances as Sean Levey's partner lost ground at the start and also encountered trouble in running.
Judge Walsh said he was marking the case as facts proved but in view of the extenuating circumstances he was striking it out.
The newspaper was aware of these mortgage provisions, had no information about any waiver by the bank or any extenuating circumstances affecting Weintraub, but printed the article accusing Weintraub of fraud anyway.
Also their appeal structure is held in secret, whether you have extenuating circumstances or not, you will still lose and have to pay up.