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Definition of extenuating adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[only before noun] (formal)
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showing reasons why a wrong or illegal act, or a bad situation, should be judged less seriously or excused There were extenuating circumstances and the defendant did not receive a prison sentence. Cases of illness and other extenuating circumstances that may have affected a student's performance will be dealt with by a personal tutor.
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