ex|ten|u|at|ing [ıkˈstenjuˌeıtıŋ] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of extenuare, from tenuis 'thin']
extenuating circumstances/factors etc
formal facts or reasons which make you feel that it was reasonable for someone to break the usual rules, or make you have sympathy for someone who did something wrong or illegal
>extenuation [ıkˌstenjuˈeıʃən] n [U]

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  • extenuating — adj. serving or tending to reduce the severity of guilt or blameworthiness; as, extenuating circumstances. Syn: mitigating. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extenuating — index mitigating, palliative (excusing) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • extenuating — [adj] serving as an excuse condoning, diminishing, justifying, lessening, mitigating, moderating, palliating, qualifying, reducing, sanitizing, softening, varnishing, whitewashing*; concept 537 …   New thesaurus

  • extenuating — [[t]ɪkste̱njueɪtɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n If you say that there are extenuating circumstances for a bad situation or wrong action, you mean that there are reasons or factors which partly excuse it. [FORMAL] The defendants decide to admit their guilt …   English dictionary

  • Extenuating — Extenuate Ex*ten u*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Extenuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Extenuating}.] [L. extenuatus, p. p. of extenuare to make thin, loosen, weaken; ex out + tenuare to make thin, tenuis thin. See {Tenuity}.] 1. To make thin or slender; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extenuating — adj. Extenuating is used with these nouns: ↑circumstance …   Collocations dictionary

  • extenuating — adjective a just decision must allow for extenuating circumstances Syn: mitigating, excusing, exonerative, palliative, justifying, justificatory, vindicating; formal exculpatory …   Thesaurus of popular words

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  • extenuating circumstances — noun alleviating circumstances, consideration, exception, extenuation, mitigating circumstances, mitigation, palliation, palliative circumstances, partial excuse, qualification, qualifying reasons, softening circumstances Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • extenuating circumstance — or mitigating circumstance In law, circumstance that diminishes the culpability of one who has committed a criminal offense. In many Anglo American legal systems, provocation of the accused by the victim can reduce a charge of first degree murder …   Universalium

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