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mitigating circumstances

plural noun
1.
circumstances that may be considered to lessen the culpability of an offender
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  • But, with the slave, all these mitigating circumstances are wanting.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • Are there not mitigating circumstances in the case of the James boys?

  • But for Kresh and Ristal there could be no mitigating circumstances.

    The Plotters Alexander Blade
  • Its bright lexicon has no verdict "with mitigating circumstances."

    By Advice of Counsel Arthur Train
  • It wouldn't be fair to picture him as all black when there may be mitigating circumstances.

  • Among the mitigating circumstances I should be inclined to name even those which you bring in aggravation.

    Leonora Maria Edgeworth
  • Perhaps there were mitigating circumstances which he would not stoop to explain unasked.

  • These mitigating circumstances may be brought to bear on the Commander-in-Chief, and may be embodied in a recommendation to mercy!

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth

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