extenuating

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extenuating /ɪkˈstɛnjəˌweɪtɪŋ/ adjective
extenuating
/ɪkˈstɛnjəˌweɪtɪŋ/
adjective
Learner's definition of EXTENUATING
used to describe something (such as an unusual situation) that makes something (such as a crime or a mistake) seem less serious or deserving of blame usually used in the phrase extenuating circumstances
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