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extenuateverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪkˈsten.ju.eɪt/ formal
to ​cause a ​wrongact to be ​judged less ​seriously by giving ​reasons for it: He was ​unable to say anything that might have extenuated his ​behaviour.
extenuating
adjective [before noun] uk   /-eɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /-eɪ.t̬ɪŋ/ formal
She was ​foundguilty of ​theft, but because of extenuating circumstances (= a ​situation which made her ​crimeseem less ​serious) was not ​sent to ​prison.
extenuation
noun [U] uk   us   /ɪkˌsten.juˈeɪ.ʃən/ formal
Her ​plea of ​ignorance of the ​law in extenuation of (= as an ​excuse for) her ​crime was not ​accepted.
(Definition of extenuate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “extenuate”
in Chinese (Simplified) 为(错误行为)辩解…
in Chinese (Traditional) 為(錯誤行為)辯解…
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