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Definition of "extenuating" []

  • Present participle of extenuate. (verb)
  • That lessens the seriousness of something by providing an excuse (adjective)

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Use "extenuating" in a sentence
  • "There may be what you call extenuating circumstances -- though I can't quite imagine it."
  • ""If you had been innocent -- even if there had been what they call extenuating circumstances -- I would have spent a fortune in the endeavor to set you free; but your confession renders me powerless.""
  • "This law simply gives the police authority in extenuating circumstances during the course of a routine stop (traffic violation, etc)."