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extenuation

[ik-sten-yoo-ey-shuh n] /ɪkˌstɛn yuˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of extenuating.
2.
the state of being extenuated.
3.
something that extenuates; a partial excuse:
The youth of the defendant served as an extenuation.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English extenuacioun < Latin extenuātiōn- (stem of extenuātiō). See extenuate, -ion
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Examples from the web for extenuation
  • Sometimes-it can hardly be said in extenuation-the heel that crunches is applied in saddening ignorance.
  • It may not be feasible to make this extenuation a consistent one.
  • The conditions were favorable for remembrance of all his good deeds, and generous extenuation of all his evil ones.
  • Little evidence of mitigation, extenuation or rehabilitation was received.
  • He was given the opportunity to file objections and submit material in refutation, extenuation, or mitigation.
  • Applicant was given the opportunity to file objections and submit material in extenuation, mitigation, or refutation.
  • He was recalled briefly during sentencing as a defense witness in extenuation and mitigation.
  • Applicant was afforded an opportunity to file objections and submit material in refutation, extenuation, or mitigation.
Word Origin and History for extenuation
n.

early 15c., from Latin extenuationem (nominative extenuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of extenuare (see extenuate).

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