extenuate extenuate  /ɪk ˈstɛn ju ˌeɪt/


  • (v) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of



  1. That Dan was under the influence of liquor does not in any way extenuate his unacceptable behavior.
  2. Although Carl feigned madness, his unsound mind did not and will not extenuate his crime.


  • "Looking to understand Islam does not extenuate any more than if you look at the origins of Nazism and the rise of Hitler, and the reasons that people supported Hitler," says Columbia University history professor Eric Foner. "Is that...
    on Sep 8, 2006 By: Eric Foner Source: CNN

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /