extenuating circumstances
noun alleviating circumstances, consideration, exception, extenuation, mitigating circumstances, mitigation, palliation, palliative circumstances, partial excuse, qualification, qualifying reasons, softening circumstances

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


extenuating circumstances
n.
Circumstances that make a crime appear less serious and make the one who committed it appear less blameworthy than would ordinarily be the case.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


extenuating circumstances
Surrounding or mitigating factors that reduce a party's level of responsibility or guilt, whether in a civil or criminal trial. Successfully showing extenuating circumstances might result in a lower damage award, a more lenient punishment, or a lesser charge.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


extenuating circumstances
Facts surrounding the commission of a crime that work to mitigate or lessen it.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


extenuating circumstances
Facts surrounding the commission of a crime that work to mitigate or lessen it.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

extenuating circumstances
n.
   surrounding factors (sometimes called mitigation) which make a crime appear less serious, less aggravated or without criminal intent, and thus warranting a more lenient punishment or lesser charge (manslaughter rather than murder, for example).
   See also: mitigating circumstances

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • extenuating circumstances — Such as render a delict or crime less aggravated, heinous, or reprehensible than it would otherwise be, or tend to palliate or lessen its guilt. Such circumstances may ordinarily be shown in order to reduce the punishment or damages. In contract… …   Black's law dictionary

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  • extenuating — adj. serving or tending to reduce the severity of guilt or blameworthiness; as, extenuating circumstances. Syn: mitigating. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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