un extenuating

extenuating

[ik-sten-yoo-ey-ting]
adjective
serving to make a fault, offense, etc., appear less serious: The judge gave him a comparatively mild sentence due to extenuating circumstances.

Origin:
extenuate + -ing2

extenuatingly, adverb
nonextenuating, adjective
nonextenuatingly, adverb
unextenuating, adjective
unextenuatingly, adverb
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extenuate
1520s, from L. extenuat-, pp. stem of extenuare "lessen," from ex- "out" + tenuare "make thin," from tenuis "thin" (see tenet). Related: Extenuated; extenuating; extenuation.
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