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1Make (guilt or an offense) seem less serious or more forgivable.‘there were extenuating circumstances that caused me to say the things I did’
mitigating, excusing, exonerative, palliating, palliative, justifying, justificatory, vindicating, exculpatorymoderating, qualifying, softening, tempering, diminishing, lesseningforgive, pardon, absolve, exonerate, acquitView synonyms
- ‘Zero tolerance means that if you test positive for prohibited substance use, then barring any exculpatory or extenuating circumstances, it is likely that you will be issued with a termination notice or reduced in rank.’
- ‘‘Unless there are the most extenuating circumstances, a person convicted of murder can expect no clemency until he or she has served an extremely lengthy sentence,’ Mr Holmes said.’
- ‘And there are other considerations-the value of the stolen property, the absence of any extenuating circumstances like dire need, or repentance and restoration of property.’
- ‘Labour leader Ian Male said last night that the increases could not be morally justified, although there were extenuating circumstances.’
- ‘There were no extenuating circumstances nor can the Board imagine any that could have justified his continuance.’
- ‘According to provincial law, when a death occurs in Regina a physician or, in extenuating circumstances, a coroner must complete a Medical Certificate of Death with respect to the deceased.’
- ‘There are extenuating circumstances, her ignorance, her naivety, her youth (not a crime, one character tries to reassure her), and another's scheming and deception.’
- ‘Fialkowski says that students with a high remaining balance due to extenuating circumstances could request a refund or exemption, but that this is rare, and only granted on an individual basis.’
- ‘Effective in the 2003 fall semester, the university will change the way it handles requests by students for course withdrawal under extenuating circumstances.’
- ‘Members of the SWC jury said, while commenting on one case, that infanticide is an abominable crime and those who commit it cannot be exonerated, whatever the extenuating circumstances.’
- ‘During this review, additional information was made available to suggest that there were extenuating circumstances and that the actions of the officer were not representative of his normal conduct.’
- ‘In Florida, you can be held for 21 days before you're released on your own recognizance unless the state has some kind of extenuating circumstances to hold you.’
- ‘Escudie said ‘a small number’ have been granted emergency extensions by military commanders because of extenuating circumstances, including deaths in the family.’
- ‘I do think the extenuating circumstances mean that a transfer is necessary.’
- ‘Orders came down that anyone who was currently out of status, regardless of any pending applications or extenuating circumstances, was to be automatically detained.’
- ‘She is unconcerned with explanations, alternative interpretations of the evidence (which is flimsy to begin with), extenuating circumstances.’
- ‘Despite anguished pleas of extenuating circumstances by the desperate father, the school system has so far adamantly insisted that automatic punishments for weapon possession in school are inviolate.’
- ‘The two also have a stimulating discussion about whether murder can ever be justified by extenuating circumstances.’
- ‘This still leaves scope for the sentence to be lessened in the light of extenuating circumstances to do with the crime itself.’
- ‘If you currently have an approved vacation, contact your CTM, Delivery Manager, Captain to establish alternate dates or justify extenuating circumstances.’
2literary Make (someone) thin.‘drawings of extenuated figures’
- ‘Both outfits extenuated the tans and muscles that had grown over the summer.’
- ‘Its rather angular and extenuated figures are reminiscent of those of a pyxis in Berkeley which has already been discussed in its relation to our painter.’
- ‘A doctrinal synthesis may be a negative guide, eliminating erroneous interpretation, but only in a very extenuated sense would it be a positive aid to interpretation.’
- ‘On one wall, there is a gallery of grave, extenuated figures that recall El Greco.’
Late Middle English (in the sense make thin, emaciate): from Latin extenuat- made thin from the verb extenuare (based on tenuis thin).
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