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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I shall bring that forward as an extenuating circumstance," replied Eugenie.
He was convicted, but with extenuating circumstances, and condemned to hard labour in Siberia for fifteen years.
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.
According to NCUA Director of Examination and Insurance Larry Fazio, the 84 credit unions were also given a third option: "Request reconsideration of the CMP due to an extenuating circumstance.
The woman is mother of many children, which is considered extenuating circumstance.
The members of the Chamber should also say whether they believe the fact that the money has been invested in the country should be regarded as an extenuating circumstance.
Now, no one likes an extenuating circumstance, but only a fool thinks they don't exist.