extenuatory

extenuatory

[ik-sten-yoo-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
tending to extenuate; characterized by extenuation; extenuating.

Origin:
1800–10; < Late Latin extenuātōrius. See extenuate, -tory1

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extenuate (ɪkˈstɛnjʊˌeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to represent (an offence, a fault, etc) as being less serious than it appears, as by showing mitigating circumstances
2.  to cause to be or appear less serious; mitigate
3.  to underestimate or make light of
4.  archaic
 a.  to emaciate or weaken
 b.  to dilute or thin out
 
[C16: from Latin extenuāre to make thin, from tenuis thin, frail]
 
ex'tenuating
 
adj
 
extenu'ation
 
n
 
ex'tenuator
 
n
 
ex'tenuatory
 
adj

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