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extenuating

[ik-sten-yoo-ey-ting] /ɪkˈstɛn yuˌeɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
serving to make a fault, offense, etc., appear less serious:
The judge gave him a comparatively mild sentence due to extenuating circumstances.
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extenuatingly, adverb
nonextenuating, adjective
nonextenuatingly, adverb
unextenuating, adjective
unextenuatingly, adverb
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