- serving to make a fault, offense, etc., appear less serious: The judge gave him a comparatively mild sentence due to extenuating circumstances.
Origin of extenuating
- to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious: to extenuate a crime.
- to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
- to underestimate, underrate, or make light of: Do not extenuate the difficulties we are in.
- to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
- to reduce the consistency or density of.
Origin of extenuate
Examples from the Web for extenuating
Historical Examples of extenuating
But really, you know, where are the extenuating circumstances?A Tangled Tale
"There may be some extenuating circumstances in your case—but I doubt it," he said.The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
There were extenuating circumstances about what Lafe Wynn had done.Owen Clancy's Happy Trail
Burt L. Standish
Then he sat down: he had made no mention of extenuating circumstances.Fantmas
The jury brought in a verdict of guilty with extenuating circumstances.The Cult of Incompetence
- to represent (an offence, a fault, etc) as being less serious than it appears, as by showing mitigating circumstances
- to cause to be or appear less serious; mitigate
- to underestimate or make light of
- to emaciate or weaken
- to dilute or thin out