extenuation

Definitions of extenuation
1

n a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances

Synonyms:
mitigation
Type of:
alibi, exculpation, excuse, self-justification
a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

n to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious

Synonyms:
mitigation, palliation
Type of:
decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
the act of decreasing or reducing something

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