(of a factor or situation) serving to lessen the seriousness of an offence.‘library staff will waive fines where there are genuine extenuating circumstances’
forgive, pardon, absolve, exonerate, acquitView synonyms
- ‘hunger and poverty are not treated by the courts as extenuating circumstances’
Early 17th century (with the meaning ‘causing to become thin’): from extenuate.
Are You Learning English? Here Are Our Top English Tips