mitigating circumstance

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Noun1.mitigating circumstance - (law) a circumstance that does not exonerate a person but which reduces the penalty associated with the offensemitigating circumstance - (law) a circumstance that does not exonerate a person but which reduces the penalty associated with the offense
consideration, circumstance, condition - information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; "another consideration is the time it would take"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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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.
Pertinently, even the Supreme Court had on Tuesday held that poverty would be taken as a mitigating circumstance while considering death penalty.
No doubt they will be trained to accept 'I am a Bahraini' as a mitigating circumstance.
The one mitigating circumstance is Harry is letting his hair down before going off to Iraq.
He adduces this as a mitigating circumstance for the massacre but does not draw out how that designation fit into the larger, genocidal strategy of the American war effort.
She used this as a mitigating circumstance in sentencing the child to four months in open custody, twelve months on probation, and compulsory psychiatric counselling.
If a mitigating circumstance becomes a permanent correction, such as in the case of an artificial joint or transplanted organ, the individual must be evaluated in his mitigated state.
The Supreme Court also cited the extensive negative media coverage during the case, which it said, should also count as a mitigating circumstance.
The committee appreciated Afridi for recognising his indiscretion and treated the same as a mitigating circumstance.
A mitigating circumstance is a standard that, in fairness or in the totality of a defendant's life or character, may be considered as extenuation or reducing the degree of criminal responsibility for the crime(s) committed.
They argued that, in the past, athletes were provided with "insufficient training and instruction" regarding their responsibilities in relation to drug tests and this was a mitigating circumstance.