extenuating circumstance

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Etymology[edit]

extenuating +‎ circumstance

Noun[edit]

extenuating circumstance (plural extenuating circumstances)

  1. (law, or general usage) Any fact that mitigates or lessens a crime.

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  • Usually in the plural.

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