Synonyms for extenuating

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But really, you know, where are the extenuating circumstances?

"There may be some extenuating circumstances in your case—but I doubt it," he said.

There were extenuating circumstances about what Lafe Wynn had done.

Then he sat down: he had made no mention of extenuating circumstances.

The jury brought in a verdict of guilty with extenuating circumstances.

It is a time when the truth, all the truth, might be accepted as an extenuating circumstance.

"Yes; but that is cause, not extenuating circumstance," Whittenden objected.

The writer of the essay admits that there may be extenuating circumstances.

I think it was the worst thing I did; yet there were extenuating circumstances.

But were there not some extenuating circumstances in my favor.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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