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Extenuation

Ex`ten`u`a´tion
n.1.The act of axtenuating or the state of being extenuated; the act of making thin, slender, or lean, or of palliating; diminishing, or lessening; palliation, as of a crime; mitigation, as of punishment.
To listen . . . to every extenuation of what is evil.
- I. Taylor.
Noun1.extenuation - a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
Synonyms: mitigation
2.extenuation - to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious

EXTENUATION. That which renders a crime or tort less heinous than it would be without it: it is opposed to aggravation. (q.v. )
     2. In general, extenuating circumstances go in mitigation of punishment in criminal cases, or of damages in those of a civil nature. See Aggravation; Mitigation.

alibi, exculpation, excuse, extenuate, mitigate, mitigation, palliate, self-justification
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