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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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It's a relief to leave the wilder shores of Looneydom (whose name, James Shapiro tells us extenuatingly, is pronounced to rhyme with 'Bony'), and turn to the sensible portion of Contested Will.
Well-written and filled to the brim with anecdotal information, the book has one fundamental defect: it extenuatingly strives to demonstrate something that does not call for a demonstration, namely, that old age, be it lived or perceived, more often than not is a wretched time.