Extenuation meaning

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A partial excuse.
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An extenuating or being extenuated; esp., mitigation, as of the seriousness of a crime, offense, etc.
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A thing that extenuates; partial excuse.
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The act of extenuating or the state of being extenuated; the act of making thin, slender, or lean, or of palliating; diminishing, or lessening; palliation, as of a crime; mitigation, as of punishment.
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The act of extenuating or the condition of being extenuated; partial justification.
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