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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To lessen the seriousness of an action by giving an excuse.

Usage examples (42)
  • They tried to use the weather as an extenuating circumstance for why they were late.
  • extenuating circumstances
  • There may be what you call extenuating circumstances -- though I can't quite imagine it.
  • They'll discover some kind of extenuating circumstance. for more
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