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Meaning of EXTENUATION

Pronunciation:  ik`stenyoo'eyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
  2. [n]  a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
 

EXTENUATION is a 11 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: mitigation, mitigation, palliation
 
 See Also: alibi, decrease, diminution, exculpation, excuse, reduction, self-justification, step-down

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ex*ten`u*a"tion\, n. [L. extenuatio: cf. F.
ext['e]nuation.]
The act of axtenuating 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.

      To listen . . . to every extenuation of what is evil.
                                               --I. Taylor.

 

 

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