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extenuate

verb [T] uk   us   /ɪkˈsten.ju.eɪt/ formal
to cause a wrong act 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 found guilty of theft, but because of extenuating circumstances (= a situation which made her crime seem 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.
Translations of “extenuate”
in Chinese (Traditional) 為(錯誤行為)辯解…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为(错误行为)辩解…
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