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Definition 1: lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of - [verb of communication]

Samples where extenuate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The circumstances extenuate the crime

Synonyms for extenuate in the sense of this definition

(extenuate is a kind of ...) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior" "he rationalized his lack of success"

(extenuate belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

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