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extenuating circumstance

noun, Law.
1.
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
1830-1840
1830-40
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  • However, a sweet and slightly aromatic taste that follows the first impression is an extenuating circumstance.

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

  • Then, "I shouldn't call that an extenuating circumstance," he mentioned wryly.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley
  • Here, as before a jury, the magnitude of a crime was an extenuating circumstance.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • "Yes; but that is cause, not extenuating circumstance," Whittenden objected.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • He mentioned this as an extenuating circumstance, evidently.

  • But that extenuating circumstance does not apply to the sporting dinner.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • Who amongst us dares to withhold the extenuating circumstance?

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • As far as I can see, it is the only extenuating circumstance.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • There is not one extenuating circumstance to temper the indignation of him who believes in justice and humanity.

    Black and White Timothy Thomas Fortune

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