|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.|
|Noun||1.||extenuation - a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances|
|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.