extenuating extenuating  /ɪk ˈstɛn ju ˌeɪ tɪŋ/


  • (adj) partially excusing or justifying


  1. Stevie could cite extenuating circumstances.
  2. There is no media or political tolerance for any mistake in judgment, apparent or otherwise, no matter the extenuating circumstances.
  3. There is an extenuating fleshly circumstance.


  • Men, 88 and 96, get belated Pittsburgh diplomas

    Two men who had to leave high school due to extenuating circumstances decades ago have received diplomas from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: WTRF Wheeling


  1. "He needs to be banned for up to life," Pound told Five Live radio. "There may be some extenuating circumstances to come out, but I think if he just continues to come out with some bland denial that `I never did anything, I can't imagine how...
    on Jul 30, 2006 By: Dick Pound Source: Bloomberg

  2. "From what I gather, Tyler didn't have much to do with what happened," Tressel told reporters. "Would I be privy to talk about the whys and the wherefores? No, because there are extenuating circumstances that are ongoing. Needless to say,...
    on Aug 11, 2009 By: Jim Tressel Source: ESPN

  3. "The extenuating circumstance of damaged levees makes the state more vulnerable to flood damages from the spring flooding" in 2008, Blunt wrote.
    on Nov 27, 2007 By: Matt Blunt Source: Beatrice Daily Sun

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