Definition for extenuating (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), ex·ten·u·at·ed, ex·ten·u·at·ing.
- to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
- to reduce the consistency or density of.
Origin of extenuate
Examples from the Web for extenuating
Those milk-sops on the jury are just capable of according him extenuating circumstances.The Widow Lerouge|Emile Gaboriau
I hope the recording angel will take into account the extenuating circumstances of that lie."Over There" with the Australians|R. Hugh Knyvett
If there be extenuating circumstances favorable to the warrior Cacami, your king prays the court to employ them to his advantage.A Prince of Anahuac|James A. Porter
This was she in whose behalf he had weakly lowered himself to plead to his own cast-off slave for extenuating evidences!
With consummate audacity Pierre now hopes there may be found some "extenuating circumstances" in his own case.Oswald Langdon|Carson Jay Lee
British Dictionary definitions for extenuating
- to emaciate or weaken
- to dilute or thin out
Word Origin for extenuate
Word Origin and History for extenuating
1520s, from Latin extenuatus, past participle of extenuare "lessen, make small, reduce, diminish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + tenuare "make thin," from tenuis "thin" (see tenet). Related: Extenuated; extenuating. Extenuating circumstances attested from 1660s.