extenuations

extenuation

[ik-sten-yoo-ey-shuhn]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English extenuacioun < Latin extenuātiōn- (stem of extenuātiō). See extenuate, -ion

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extenuation

noun
1. a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances 
2. to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious 
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