extenuation[ek sten′yo̵̅o̅ ā′s̸hən, ik-]
- an extenuating or being extenuated; esp., mitigation, as of the seriousness of a crime, offense, etc.
- a thing that extenuates; partial excuse
Origin: ME extenuacioun < L extenuatio
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- The act of extenuating or the condition of being extenuated; partial justification.
- A partial excuse.