Pronunciation: (ik-sten"yOO-ā'shun), [key]
1. the act of extenuating.
2. the state of being extenuated.
3. something that extenuates; a partial excuse: The youth of the defendant served as an extenuation.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

extenuating circumstancesextenuatory
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