Dictionary.com

extenuating

[ ik-sten-yoo-ey-ting ]
/ ɪkˈstɛn yuˌeɪ tɪŋ /
Save This Word!

adjective
serving to make a fault, offense, etc., appear less serious: The judge gave him a comparatively mild sentence due to extenuating circumstances.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of extenuating

First recorded in 1600–10; extenuat(e) + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM extenuating

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use extenuating in a sentence

FEEDBACK