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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Besides, fictitious narratives lead us to imagine the possibility of many events that are impossible; and even the most faithful histories, if they do not wholly misrepresent matters, or exaggerate their importance to render the account of them more worthy of perusal, omit, at least, almost always the meanest and least striking of the attendant circumstances; hence it happens that the remainder does not represent the truth, and that such as regulate their conduct by examples drawn from this source, are apt to fall into the extravagances of the knight-errants of romance, and to entertain projects that exceed their powers.
Now, taking this, as an isolated fact, unaccompanied by any attendant circumstances, there was nothing very extraordinary in it; because in many parts of the world men do come out of gardens, close green gates after them, and even walk briskly away, without attracting any particular share of public observation.
You assume a great crime to have been committed by one whom I, acquainted with the attendant circumstances, and having numerous reasons on my side, devoutly believe to be innocent of it.
(7) Embedded within the clause describing the tripping up of Coragus' legs by Dioxippus' right hand is the participial construction [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], citing the attendant circumstance that Dioxippus had already gotten his opponent off balance when he tripped up his legs with his right hand.
(240) See supra Part III.A.2 for further explanation of the culpability required towards this attendant circumstance under the Lacey Act; see also United States v.
Citing Section 5(c) of the Rule on the Writ of Amparo, the appelate court said that the petitioners are required "to allege how the threat or violation is committed with the attendant circumstances detailed in supporting affidavits which can be used as direct testimony of the witnesses."
The Monetary Board will take into consideration attendant circumstances such as the nature and gravity of the violation or irregularity and the size of the institution.
Instead, and pursuant to the parties' Stipulation, this Court's sole focus is on Secrets' alleged common law negligence based on the unique and case-specific facts and attendant circumstances.
The commissions work involved much study, robust discussion, and consensus building regarding legislative options and the criteria for evaluating an offenders youth and attendant circumstances and characteristics before imposing a particular sentence.
"An operator of a motor vehicle shall not be cited for a violation of subsection (3) of this section unless a law enforcement officer saw the operator use a wireless telephone for the purpose of engaging in text messaging or other similar forms of manual data entry or transmission, in a manner that caused the operator to drive in careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, coroners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances as prohibited by Section 42-4-1402."
'Local authorities follow operational protocols and the proper enforcement of our laws requires the use of reasonable force merited by the attendant circumstances,' he added.
More to the point the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan concluded after he was visited by Purcell that "with all its attendant circumstances, as an indication that he should consider his position".