extenuating


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ex·ten·u·ate

 (ĭk-stĕn′yo͞o-āt′)
tr.v. ex·ten·u·at·ed, ex·ten·u·at·ing, ex·ten·u·ates
1. To lessen or appear to lessen the seriousness or extent of (an offense, for example), especially by providing partial excuses: extenuated his crime as part of his testimony.
2. Archaic
a. To make thin or emaciated.
b. To mitigate or lessen.
c. To belittle; disparage.

[Latin extenuāre, extenuāt- : ex-, ex- + tenuāre, to make thin (from tenuis, thin; see ten- in Indo-European roots).]

ex·ten′u·a′tive adj. & n.
ex·ten′u·a′tor n.
ex·ten′u·a·to′ry (-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.extenuating - partially excusing or justifying; "extenuating circumstances"
exculpatory - clearing of guilt or blame

extenuating

adjective mitigating, qualifying, justifying, moderating, serving as an excuse There were extenuating circumstances for her crime.
Translations

extenuating

[eksˈtenjʊeɪtɪŋ] ADJ extenuating circumstancescircunstancias fpl atenuantes

extenuating

[ɪkˈstɛnjueɪtɪŋ] adj
extenuating circumstances → circonstances atténuantes

extenuating

[ɪksˈtɛnjʊˌeɪtɪŋ] adj (frm) extenuating circumstances(circostanze) attenuanti fpl
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He was convicted, but with extenuating circumstances, and condemned to hard labour in Siberia for fifteen years.
"I shall bring that forward as an extenuating circumstance," replied Eugenie.
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.
These extenuating circumstances underscore the urgency of his request for clemency.
When passing the sentence on July 9, Principal Magistrate Mmoloki Sibanda said he had considered that there were no extenuating circumstances that led to the accused committing the crime.
Recently, it has also claimed to have developed an operating system, which it said it'd use only in extenuating circumstances.
The court stated that the husband had neither a clear motive nor extenuating circumstances.
Killing a Jew is due to "extenuating circumstances," the killer "criminally irresponsible." You don't understand because he shouted "Allahu Akhbar?" Ask the French courts.
The bill also proposes a shift from the current framework of 'acted with discernment' to 'unless acted without discernment.' The first is a qualifying circumstance for criminal responsibility to attach, while the second is an extenuating circumstance to avoid criminal responsibility, but subjects the CICL to a mode of intervention.