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extenuating circumstance

noun, Law.
1.
Usually, extenuating circumstances. a circumstance that renders conduct less serious and thereby serves to reduce the damages to be awarded or the punishment to be imposed.
Origin of extenuating circumstance
1830-1840
1830-40
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  • No explanation or extenuating circumstances can be attempted in that deep confusion.

    Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
  • But really, you know, where are the extenuating circumstances?

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • The writer of the essay admits that there may be extenuating circumstances.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • Then he sat down: he had made no mention of extenuating circumstances.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • There were no extenuating circumstances in his case; in his nature there was no alloy, nor moderation, nor forbearance.

    Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts Frank Richard Stockton
  • The jury brought in a verdict of guilty with extenuating circumstances.

  • I did not think of all these extenuating circumstances then, however, and so I said unbelieving things about her tomb.

  • They accorded in both her case and that of Lucien extenuating circumstances.

  • Perhaps she was aware of extenuating circumstances that we do not know of.

    Lausanne Francis Henry Gribble
  • Yes, and I thought there must be some extenuating circumstances.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
Idioms and Phrases with extenuating circumstances

extenuating circumstances

A situation or condition that provides an excuse for an action, as in Although Nancy missed three crucial rehearsals, there were extenuating circumstances, so she was not dismissed. This expression was originally legal terminology, denoting circumstances that partly excuse a crime and therefore call for less punishment or damages. [ c. 1600 ]
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