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extenuation

Noun

1 a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances [syn: mitigation]
2 to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious [syn: mitigation, palliation]

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  1. The act of extenuating 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.
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