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extenuating circumstance

noun, Law.
Usually, extenuating circumstances. a circumstance that renders conduct less serious and thereby serves to reduce the damages to be awarded or the punishment to be imposed.
Origin of extenuating circumstance
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is a time when the truth, all the truth, might be accepted as an extenuating circumstance.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • "Yes; but that is cause, not extenuating circumstance," Whittenden objected.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • But that extenuating circumstance does not apply to the sporting dinner.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • However, it shall be counted as an extenuating circumstance that you did not know me.

  • Here, as before a jury, the magnitude of a crime was an extenuating circumstance.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • He mentioned this as an extenuating circumstance, evidently.

  • But you will observe, as an extenuating circumstance, that I am young.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • As far as I can see, it is the only extenuating circumstance.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • Who amongst us dares to withhold the extenuating circumstance?

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • Not one extenuating circumstance did they find in their hardened hearts for him.

    I Will Repay Baroness Emmuska Orczy

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