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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Thanks to these mitigating circumstances, and to Julian's inexhaustible good-humor, the aunt and the nephe w generally met on friendly terms.
The American, Abe Slaney, was condemned to death at the winter assizes at Norwich, but his penalty was changed to penal servitude in consideration of mitigating circumstances, and the certainty that Hilton Cubitt had fired the first shot.
Burnett would normally have received a two-year suspension, but this was reduced because of mitigating circumstances he offered.
Burnett (pictured right) would normally have received a two-year suspension, but this was reduced because of mitigating circumstances he offered.
The organisation has nevertheless said the promoter of this month's gig at Alnwick Castle could cite mitigating circumstances if something happened which was out of its control.
There is a chance the promoter/ venue has a clause in their contract that if something happens which is out of their control there is mitigating circumstances.
Those that do need the book throwing at them, but for Mr Bagot to say it is against the law to carry a knife, (and he has made that statement before) and that anyone found carrying a knife should go to prison for five years despite any mitigating circumstances, is ridiculous.
An internal memo revealed HMRC staff were asked to write off the fine without further investigation for individuals who could show mitigating circumstances, and who appealed after paying their tax bill.
In passing sentence, Judge Doros Theodorou cited as mitigating circumstances the advanced years of the defendant and his guilty plea which made a hearing unnecessary.
The) NCUA is reviewing the cases to determine whether any of the late filers have mitigating circumstances that warrant a waiver of penalties," the agency said in a release.
On one of the wettest afternoons regulars could recall, the stewards took account of a combination of mitigating circumstances after all eight jockeys in a reduced field - also among them Kingman's partner James Doyle - failed to respond to the yellow recall flag and completed the course, despite starter James Stenning having called a false start in the belief Taurus Twins had burst the gates and gained an unfair advantage.
look for mitigating circumstances when a person has committed murder?