The definition of extenuating is circumstances or facts that are lessening the severity of something or explaining bad behavior.adjective
If you were starving when you stole a loaf of bread, your starvation is an example of an extenuating circumstance.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Variant of extenuate
- Archaic to make thin or lean
- Now Rare to diminish or weaken
- to lessen or seem to lessen the seriousness of (an offense, guilt, etc.) by giving excuses or serving as an excuse: extenuating circumstances
- Archaic to underrate; underestimate
- Obsolete to belittle or disparage
Origin: < L extenuatus, pp. of extenuare < ex-, out + tenuare, to make thin < tenuis, thin
- extenuator noun
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