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extenuation

[ ik-sten-yoo-ey-shuhn ]
/ ɪkˌstɛn yuˈeɪ ʃən /
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noun
the act of extenuating.
the state of being extenuated.
something that extenuates; a partial excuse: The youth of the defendant served as an extenuation.
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Origin of extenuation

1375–1425; late Middle English extenuacioun<Latin extenuātiōn- (stem of extenuātiō). See extenuate, -ion
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